Cynthia J. Patton
Cynthia J. Patton was appointed as the City of Livermore’s fourth Poet Laureate. Her term began July 1, 2017. Cynthia, a Livermore resident, is an attorney, author, consultant, and founder of the nonprofit organization, Autism A to Z. She has published two books on wetland protection and restoration, and a poetry collection, Across An Aqueous Moon: Travels in Autism (Finishing Line Press, 2016).
Her award-winning work has appeared in 14 anthologies, including the best-selling Chicken Soup for the Soul series, plus numerous print and online publications, as well as her blog, An Unplanned Life. Two of her stories have been performed on stage, and the Museum of Motherhood featured her work as part of Mothers Are Making Art in November 2015.
Cynthia founded and hosts the popular Whistlestop Writers Open Mic at Swirl on the Square in downtown Livermore on the fourth Wednesday of the month. She formerly co-produced and hosted Storied Nights: An Evening of Spoken Word. She is a founding member of the Tri-Valley Branch of the California Writer’s Club.
*Cynthia featured at the Bay Area Poets Laureate Gathering & Public Reading on September 21, 2019, hosted by the San Mateo County Arts Commission and the San Mateo County Libraries.