Cynthia Clampitt

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General Information

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Name: Cynthia Clampitt

Pen Name: None

Genres: Non-Fiction



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Illinois Connection

Clampitt makes her home in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago, Illlinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Cynthia is an award-winning writer and popular speaker, focusing primarily on topics related to food, travel, history, and geography. In addition to being an author and having published more than 500 articles, she has also written for every major educational publisher in the U.S., including the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and National Geographic Learning. For the 2013-2014 season, she was also a “Road Scholar” for the Illinois Humanities Council.

Cynthia contributed major articles to the Food Cultures of the World Encyclopedia and World Encyclopedia of Street Food, as well as shorter articles to the Encyclopedia of Chicago Food and Drink. Her book, Midwest Maize: How Corn Shaped the U.S. Heartland, is being published by the University of Illinois Press (Feb. 2015), and she is under contract with the University of Iowa for another food history, this one on pigs and pork (the perfect companion to all that corn).

Cynthia is a member of the Society of Women Geographers, Culinary Historians of Chicago, Chicago Writers Association, and the International Association of Culinary Professionals.

Published Works

  • Waltzing Australia, BookSurge Publishing, 2007
  • Midwest Maize: How Corn Shaped the U.S. Heartland, University of Illinois Press, 2015

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

Waltzing Australia

ISBN: 1419663062
Release Date: 2007-06-22

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Midwest Maize: How Corn Shaped the U.S. Heartland (Heartland Foodways)

ISBN: 0252080572
Release Date: 2015-02-11

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Literary Awards

Mom’s Choice Award for travel writing for Waltzing Australia.

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

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For program topics or for upcoming speaking engagements, visit Cynthia’s website and click on the "Speaking Links" at bottom left.

External Links

Cynthia Clampitt on WorldCat

Cynthia Clampitt on Amazon


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