Farmington resident co-editing nonfiction anthology

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FARMINGTON – Farmington area resident, UMF graduate, poetry and greeting card publisher Cynthia Brackett-Vincent is co-editor (with Carol Smallwood) of the just-released nonfiction anthology, Contemporary American Women: Our Defining Passages.

This exciting collection addresses women’s issues and will also provide a unique, dynamic much-needed new text for college/university Women’s Studies classes. Summary: “This unique collection includes over fifty articles by more than thirty-five diverse American women who revisit, celebrate, and share defining moments in their lives. Readers will see the universal in milestones of body, mind, family, career, and personal empowerment-whether joyous or difficult, chosen or unexpected, common or rare. These are poignant passages of women, told by talented and award winning writers: intimate glimpses into the lives of our sisters, friends, aunts, mentors, wives, grandmothers, partners, mothers, daughters-ourselves.”

Early Praise for Contemporary American Women: Our Defining Passages:

“Even though this collection is about contemporary ‘American’ women the stories are universal. As I read each, I can see myself in them.”
-Supriya Bhatnagar, Director of Publications at the Association of Writers & Writing Programs, editor of The Writer’s Chronicle

“This collection reveals those intimate moments that change women’s lives: the ways we tough it out, break down, and become whole again.”
-Arlene L. Mandell, Pushcart Prize nominee. American Association of University Women’s short-story contest winner, 2008.

“These experiences exemplify the range of passages that existing anthologies have yet to address in a single volume. The authentic, often lyrical prose speaks to a broad audience within and beyond academics.”
-Diane LeBlanc, Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies and Director of College Writing, St. Olaf College; Bechtel Prize winner.

Available from, the publisher’s website (, and soon in select bookstores. 268 pages; ISBN 978-0984259434; Paperback; $18.99.

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