Cynthia Armes is a fiction and creative nonfiction writer. Born in October of 1962, Armes lived most of her childhood in a house on Looney Street near the Hurt Village housing project in Memphis, Tennessee. Her mother was a cab driver in Memphis. Often, Armes’ mother would allow her ride in the cab with her for a few hours after school. Armes honed her observation skills during these rides by studying what was happening on the streets as they drove through the streets of downtown Memphis to pick up customer from hotels to take them to the airport. On the way to and from the airport, she would eavesdrop on the customers in the back seat. Once she returned home, she would write about what she saw and heard on that afternoon’s excursion in a spiral notebook she titled “Riding in Cab Number 52”.
When Armes was thirteen, her mother relocated the family to Nashville, Tennessee and then to a small country town in Scottsville, Kentucky where she lived until she graduated from high school. After a year at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky, Armes dropped out of college to return home to Memphis where she later completed a BA in English and an MFA degree in Creative Writing at the University of Memphis, where she served as the graduate student coordinator for the River Series Writers Series.
Armes has taught creative writing, literature and English composition at the University of Memphis and Rust College. She is an Associate Professor of English at the American Intercontinental University (AIU Online campus).
Armes’ subjects often center around confrontation, survival and transformation. Her forms include fiction, essays, and screenplays. She is currently revising her first novel entitled The View From Looney Street. She is also at work on her first screenplay.