Cynthia Reeser Constantino is the Founder and Publisher of Aqueous Books, and Founder and Editor-in-Chief for Prick of the Spindle literary journal. Her published nonfiction includes How to Write and Publish a Successful Children’s Book: Everything You Need to Know Explained Simply (Atlantic Publishing, 2010, honorable mention in its category for the Independent Publisher Book Awards), and others. A poetry chapbook, Light and Trials of Light, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2010. She has published more than 100 reviews in print and online, and some of her poetry and fiction can be found at such places as Thunderclap, Dogzplot, Metazen, Glossolalia, Corium Review, Artifice Magazine, Liturgical Credo, and more. A dystopic short story appears in the Daughters of Icarus Anthology (Pink Narcissus Press, 2013). Another short story appears in Follow the Blood: Tales Inspired by The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew (Sundog Lit, March 2013). She was interviewed for an essay in Women, Work, and the Web: How the Web Creates Entrepreneurial Opportunities, Ed. Carol Smallwood (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014). She earned her MFA in Creative Writing (fiction) from the University of Tampa in 2015. She lives in Birmingham, a city undergoing a cultural renaissance, where she is the managing editor for Victoria magazine.
Cynthia Reeser Constantino is an artist working in various media, including oils, acrylics, graphite, oil pastels, photography, digital media, and others–but primarily oils. She is self-taught as a visual artist, her degrees being in music and literature. Having long harbored a fascination with creativity and acts of creation, she continually seeks ways to unite literature, art, and music. Her work appeared in the 2008 Christus St. Patrick Foundation Invitational Art Show and Auction in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and in shows throughout the state of Louisiana. She was the July 2008 featured artist at the Art Associates Gallery in Lake Charles. Her painting, “Music for the Damned,” appeared in the Femme Fest 2013 art exhibit, organized by the Women’s Caucus for Art of Louisiana, exhibited at The Midcity Theatre in New Orleans, LA. Her commissioned painting appears on the cover of Secrets of Men…In a Lifeboat, a novel by film producer Todd R. Baker (Aqueous Books, 2016), Silver Medalist in the 2017 IPPY Awards for Fiction Cover Design.
Cynthia Reeser Constantino taught herself to read music at the age of nine. The piano is her first and most enduring love. Self-taught in classical piano, she majored in piano performance at the University of West Florida, where she studied under the late Belgian pianist Pierre Huybregts. She composes for the piano and her guilty musical pleasure is electronica and all things lo-fi.