Cynthia Barnes is a freelance writer and editor whose work has appeared in National Geographic, The Denver Post, The Toronto Star, Westword, Slate, Salon, Newsweek, Global Traveler and more. She writes about food, travel, culture and any subject that strikes her fancy and supports her feline. A graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, Cynthia has reported from Bangkok, Baghdad and Boulder, Colorado. Her travel memoir Blue: Wanders from Arkansas to Timbuktu will be finished any day now.
Cynthia Barnes has photographed a suicide bombing in Baghdad for Newsweek, sang karaoke with Tibetan cowboys for Slate, flirted with Billy Bob Thornton for Premiere, and joined an archaeological dig for National Geographic. Her adventures with marriage-minded nomads and bad-tempered bulls in the West African nation of Mali was listed as ‘notable’ in The Best American Travel Writing. These and other exploits form the basis for her first book, Blue: Wanders from Arkansas to Timbuktu.
When not getting arrested in Tibet or swapping fashion tips with elephant polo-playing ladyboys in Thailand, she crafts marketing strategies, white papers, press releases and other content marketing for a variety of fabulous firms. Cynthia is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, a passionate scuba diver, and Thai Elvis’ biggest fan.
Cynthia will do almost anything for a story. Throw a hand grenade? Sure, why not? Eat a bug? Bon appétit. Dive out of an airplane? Geronimo!
What she won’t do is whiff deadlines, throw a hissy fit if her work is edited, or turn in a tired formula piece. If you want clean, compelling copy … on deadline … you want freelance journalist Cynthia Barnes.