The Desert Nights, Rising Stars
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Cynthia Pelayo

Desert Nights, Rising Stars Faculty 2021

About Cynthia Pelayo

Cynthia “Cina” Pelayo is the author of Loteria, Santa Muerte, The Mission, Poems of My Night, Into the Forest and All the Way Through, and multiple short stories and poems. Her adult horror thriller debut, Children of Chicago by Agora/Polis Books, will be available February 2021. She is an International Latino Book Award winning author and an Elgin Award nominee. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia College Chicago, a Master of Science from Roosevelt University, a Master of Fine Arts in Writing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is a Business Psychology PhD candidate at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Pelayo lives in Chicago with her family.