Sylvia Cavanaugh grew up in a red brick row house in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, with neighbors always close at hand. Irish coal-mining relatives lived about an hour north in Schuylkill County, and the family frequently left the city to visit these immigrants in the mountains. There, Sylvia encountered enormous trees that turned red and gold in fall, cavorting hordes of beagles, bee hives, introversion, tin cans strung up in trees, long abandoned Fords, a boy turned to stone, shotguns, and strip mining.
Sylvia attended undergraduate school in western Pennsylvania, then moved to the Midwest and earned her M.S. in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Wisconsin. After working in health care planning and marketing for a few years, she went back to school to become a social studies teacher. She teaches African and Asian history and cultural studies in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, and has been the advisor for the breakdancing and poetry clubs. The poetry club has been actively involved in 100,000 Poets for Change. Sylvia is fascinated with cultures, and the ways in which they move through populations and change over time.
Sylvia works as a contributing editor for Verse-Virtual: An Online Community of Poets and is also a member of the board of the Council for Wisconsin Writers. A Pushcart Prize nominee, her poems have been included in numerous periodicals and anthologies. A chapbook, Staring Through My Eyes, was published in 2016.
Sylvia is the proud mother of three children. Although she read to them and shared her own tales as they were growing up, she has always loved the ways in which they create their own stories.
Paperback: 52 pages
Publisher: Kelsay Books (January 25, 2018)