Cynthia Manick

Poet and Storyteller

Cynthia Manick - Poet and Storyteller

Author of Blue Hallelujahs, Curator of Soul Sister Revue, and East Coast Editor of Jamii Publishing

Cynthia Manick Guest Edits The Adirondack Review

The open reading period for The Adirondack Review on the theme "imagining tomorrow" is now open. Guest edited by Cynthia Manick, this issue will feature poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, translation, and hybrid works that imagine the future. We are looking for variety in vision including works that address afrofuturism, joy, the political, the cosmic, the apocalyptic, family relationships, the dystopian, and slices of everyday life. Submit here

Broadside Sold to Benefit Immigrant Communities

I'm pleased to announce that Underwater NY will be selling my broadside, Requiem for Sea and Chains, based on a Chester Higgins photograph and the Middle Passage, to benefit immigrant communities through Aug. 1. All proceeds will go to Make the Road New York. If you love poetry and want to give back, consider this $15 purchase

Essay and Poem on the Body Published by Los Angeles Review of Books (LARB)

THE FOLLOWING IS one of six pieces by former Emerging Poets fellows at Poets House in New York City. Each of the pieces engages with the Poetry Coalition’s 2018 initiative, “Where My Dreaming and My Loving Live: Poetry & the Body.” Poets House invited the fellows to select five items from the House’s 70,000-volume library that address the theme of the body, and to write a paragraph or two on each of these items!

Blue Hallelujahs is a Finalist for the Phillip McMath Post Publication Award

This year's winner for the  Phillip McMath Post Publication Book Award is the story collection Heirlooms by Rachel Hall. Judge Phillip McMath made this selection from the following finalists:

Only More So by Millicent Borges Accardi
Love is a Stone Endlessly in Flight by Dante Di Stefano
Whiskey, Etc. by Sherrie Flick
Heirlooms by Rachel Hall
Blue Hallelujahs by Cynthia Manick
Don't Moan So Much (Stevie): A Poetry Musiquarium by Curtis L. Crisler
A Piece of Sky, A Grain of Rice A Memoir in Four Meditations by Christine Hale


Things I Carry Into The World - Poem and Short Film

I’m so pleased to announce a partnership with Motionpoems and Cave Canem has led to poems in unexpected places. When the call came to apply for my poem to become a film, I thought it was a shot in the dark. So I applied, put it behind me, and left it to the fates. Then fate answered in the form of a film for “Things I Carry Into the World” by filmmakers Pat Heyward and Jamil McGinnis and producer Claire Mc Girr.  In the poem, the feminine body is center of the elements and the film embodies this and more. The film premiered at the Walker Art Center in MN, and most recently on the global channel Nowness.

Poetry Consultations w/ Cynthia Manick

During the month of October, Black Lawrence Press poet Cynthia Manick is offering consultations on poetry collections and folios. The deadline to submit work for this consultation program is October 31. Cynthia will complete her work and respond to all program participants by November 30.

Read Cynthia Manick's Statement of Purpose

When reading individual poems I look for the creative spark first. I’m most drawn to poems that inform the reader; the word or line that pulls me into the poem or represents a change in thinking. For me that’s the moment when the poem takes flight. I believe poems should introduce questions, issues, characters, and images; and poets should use all the tools in their toolbox. In the same vein, good poems can reflect conflict and celebrate joy; each represents parts of the human experience. I always think of the poet CD Wright saying “you have deer here, but give me venison” meaning don’t shy away from details that enrich the work. Every poet has a unique voice and I enjoy discovering that voice in the work.

"A Taste of Blue" Published by The Academy of American Poets

Poem "A Taste of Blue" featured in the Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day Series. The release includes a history of the poem and an audio recording.


I tell my father about the way
I collect small things
in the sacs of my heart—

thick juniper berries
apple cores that retain their shape
and the click of shells
that sound like an oven baking. . . . . . . .