Cynthia Strauff is the recipient of numerous prizes and awards for her poetry and prose. A native of Baltimore, she holds graduate degrees from The Johns Hopkins University and the University of Chicago. Cynthia lives in North Carolina with her husband, Dick Schaub.

She is the author of two historical novels, both set in Baltimore during the early part of the 20th Century, Another Sunday and Echoes from the Alum Chine.

PortraitS, a poetry chapbook, will be available in late 2017.

Contact Cynthia at cynthia.strauff@gmail.com


News & Notes

Cynthia was recently featured on CelebrateWithABook.com, a website for readers and authors. Read the spotlight here!

A review in the February issue of The Historical Novel Society magazine:

Another Sunday


Cynthia Strauff takes as the setting of her long, atmospheric debut novel, Another Sunday, the rich and fashionable world of wealthy Baltimore at the turn of the 20th century.

Lovely, headstrong Celeste Wells, sixteen-year-old coquettish fixture on the city’s fashionable North Avenue, has settled her attention on wealthy twenty-two-year-old Willie Strauff, whom she finds “a combination of pure and sensual,” and when she becomes pregnant, they outrage their respective families by eloping.

Much drama and tragedy ensues, and Cynthia Strauff writes it all with such linguistic grace and excellent dramatic pacing (and ample period details that feel very ‘right’) that as each quick, punchy chapter passes, it becomes more and more difficult to believe this is her debut novel.

This is a richly-imagined look at a long-vanished world.


Have book, will travel. If you are interested in learning, or hearing, more about Echoes from the Alum Chine or Another Sunday, please contact me at cynthia.strauff@gmail.com.

Here’s a list of upcoming readings: 

Saturday, July 29   Page 158 Books, Wake Forest