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VBD STAR POWER LIST: Author Cynthia Portalatin

9 Amazing Authors Who Are Editors

“I love to read and write. And, yes, I love to edit! Words have always leaped at me, off billboards and pages everywhere I go. This prompted me to choose and grow a craft I love, and help others present their best written works.”

Cynthia Portalatin, aka Cynthia Rose (Artist & Poet), began journaling at the age of seven when her grandmother gifted her a small diary. In her teens, she discovered poetry, drawing, and short stories. Her love of recording experiences earned her two Bachelor of Arts degrees in print journalism and Spanish. After a 20-year career in public relations and minority advocacy/outreach, she turned her focus toward pursuing creative writing and began to offer professional copy-editing services. Her first published book, Bloom Forever – A Poetry Journal is a collection of 115 poems written over a period of 25 years (Cynthia Lamb, Amani Publishing, 2013). Since then, she has contributed poems to multiple anthologies, books, magazines, and newspapers, and has become a book/writer coach.

In 2020, after an unexpected break in employment, she self-published her second book in collaboration with life partner and award-winning photographer Stan Johnson. Journey’s Light – the Journey Is Light, an inspirational art book, honors life and beauty through photography and poetry.

An active member of the Tallahassee Authors Network (TAN), Big Bend Poets & Writers, and TAN Christian Authors Network, Cynthia hosts “Write to Heal” workshops to share the healing power of poetry and journaling and can frequently be heard at local poetry readings. She has also exhibited her paintings at LeMoyne Arts Gallery in Tallahassee, Florida. This native New Yorker now calls Florida home.



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