Cynthia Grady grew up in California. After teaching 6th grade for several years, she relocated to Boston to study children's literature. Cynthia knew she wanted to write the night she sat surrounded by her eight siblings listening to her grandmother read The Tale of Peter Rabbit. She is the author of Like a Bird: The Art of the American Slave Song and I Lay My Stitches Down: Poems of American Slavery. Cynthia lives in New Mexico with her partner and two house rabbits.