Cecily is the author of three books. Her debut novel, Diamond Head (Harper, HarperCollins), was a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection, recipient of an Elle Readers' Prize, and voted a best debut of the 2015 Brooklyn Book Festival. Her second novel, Kaleidoscope (Dutton, Penguin Random House), will be published in 2022. Cecily is the co-author of Gastro Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to Food (Workman Publishing) and a writer at Atlas Obscura.


Cecily’s work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, The LA Review of Books, Self Magazine, Bustle, Atlas Obscura, and elsewhere. She has spoken at book festivals across the country, and was a keynote speaker at the Hawaii Book and Music Festival. A graduate of Barnard College, Cecily spent 13 years living in New York and now lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and daughter.

Photo by Heather Hawksford, 2020