Cynthia Cruz is the author of five collections of poems: Ruin (Alice James Books, 2006), The Glimmering Room (Four Way Books, 2012), Wunderkammer (Four Way Books, 2014), How the End Begins (Four Way Books, 2016) and Dregs (Four Way Books, 2018). Guidebooks for the Dead is forthcoming with Four Way Books in spring of 2020. A collection of critical essays, Disquieting: Essays on Silence, was published by Book*hug in 2019. Her second collection, The Melancholia of Class, is forthcoming from Repeater Books in 2021. A novella/memoir, Steady Diet of Nothing, is forthcoming from Four Way Books.
Cruz's background is in German literature, philosophy, and German women artists; psychoanalysis; trauma and mental illness. She is currently at work on a text on trauma and the unfathomable.
Cruz teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and in the Columbia University Graduate Writing Department.