Cindy Huyser is a poet and photographer who lives in Austin, Texas. She has enjoyed careers as a software engineer and power plant operator.
Cindy’s chapbook, Burning Number Five: Power Plant Poems (Blue Horse Press, 2014), was named co-winner of the 2014 Blue Horse Press Chapbook contest. Layers (Plain View Press, 1994) also features 20 of her poems. Her poems, “Harvest” and “Letter to a Fugitive” were recently nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and her poem “Pendulum” received a 2017 “Best of the Net” nomination.
In 2013, Cindy was a featured reader in Houston’s Public Poetry series, and a Special Guest poet for the Austin International Poetry Festival. She has participated as a juried poet in the Houston Poetry Fest in 2011, 2015, and 2017, and was selected as the Houston Poetry Fest Featured Poet for 2012. In 2015, Cindy helped to keynote the Gulf Coast Power Association’s EmPOWERing Women Leadership Conference with a reading from Burning Number Five.
Cindy co-edited the Texas Poetry Calendar for Dos Gatos Press (dosgatospress.org) from 2009 – 2014. She also co-edited Bearing the Mask: Southwestern Persona Poems (Dos Gatos Press, 2016), which is a finalist for the Will Rogers Medallion Award. She also edited the 2019 edition of the Texas Poetry Calendar for its new publisher Kallisto-Gaia Press (http://www.kallistogaiapress.org/).
Cindy has been the host of the BookWoman 2nd Thursday poetry series since 2011, and the coordinator for the Austin Poetry Study Group since 2015. She is currently enrolled in the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Pacific University.
Cindy also enjoys practicing MIksang photography. Her work has exhibited at Dragonfly Gallery in Austin, Texas, at the Miksang exhibit at the Dougherty Arts Center in Austin, Texas in February 2015, and at the National Arts Council exhibit at the Dougherty Arts Center in Austin, Texas in September 2015.
Cindy’s photograph “Black-eyed Susan along Holland” was a finalist in the 2013 Shooting Alpine Photo Contest; two other photos (“Air Mail” and “Railroad Blues Fire Truck“) were selected as semifinalists in the same contest.
Cindy’s photographs have also provided the cover art for the front and back covers of the 2014 Texas Poetry Calendar, and for Burning Number Five: Power Plant Poems.