Thayer, Cynthia

Thayer, Cynthia

SAFA Founder

Teaching Artist

Cynthia Thayer was born in New York City in 1944, raised in Nova Scotia and migrated to Maine via Massachusetts twenty-seven years ago to farm organically. For many years she was a weaver, showing her work throughout Maine and the east coast. Ten years ago she wrote her first short story, which was published in the Antigonish Review, and was hooked on writing.


She earned her BA in British Literature from Bridgewater State College in Massachusetts, graduating Magna Cum Laude, and went on to do her graduate work in nineteenth century British literature. While in Massachusetts, she taught high school English and theater at Bridgewater-Raynham Region High School and since living in Maine, she has taught adult education classes at Sumner High School, workshops for Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance and Schoodic Arts for All, fiction writing with Turnstone Writers’ Workshop, and fiction writing at University of Maine at Machias.


Her first novel, Strong for Potatoes, published in 1998 by St. Martin’s Press, won the Rep’s Choice Award, was named best new fiction by Ingram Books, and was a Barnes and Noble “Discover” book. It was released 1999 in paper back and is available in Audio.


Her second novel, A Certain Slant of Light, was published by St. Martin’s Press in 2000. The condensed version was published by Reader’s Digest in English, Portuguese, Danish, and Swedish.

Algonquin Books published her third novel, A Brief Lunacy

She presents Indigo Dyeing workshops around New England. She raises sheep, spins, and dyes wool at Darthia Farm in Gouldsboro.

Upcoming Events

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Writing Short Fiction or Memoir 1 Days August 8, 2021
Improv Workshop 1 Days July 25, 2021

Other Events

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Flash Fiction 1 Days August 4, 2019

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