Cynthia Dickison is a features designer. She is a St. Paul native and graduate of the University of Minnesota. She has worked at the Star Tribune since 1978, starting on the copy desk. Dickison has worked in every department — news, sports, features, even a short stint on the business cover.

Dickison lives in south Minneapolis with her husband, former Star Tribune theater critic Graydon Royce. They have four children and seven grandchildren. Dickison has a small side business designing and sewing children's clothes, which she sells at local craft shows. Her other hobbies include reading, singing, movies, biking and hiking.

10 best things our critics are watching this week

From Amazon's new horror anthology to a "Bad Trip" on Netflix, here's what we're tuning into.

10 best things our critics are watching this week

From Marvel's new series to dinner with Andrew Zimmern, here's what we're tuning into right now.

Review: 'Are We There Yet?' by Kathleen West

FICTION: The Minneapolis author offers more tales of parent-child relationships gone wrong.

Tonight is Oscar night: Our predictions of who should win, and who will win

"Joker" led the pack with 11 nominations. Here are our picks for Best Picture, Best Actor and Actress, and Best Supporting Actor and Actress.

Review: 'Minor Dramas & Other Catastrophes,' by Kathleen West

FICTION: A Minnesota-set high school farce highlights textbook bad behavior.

Oscar predictions: What will win, what should win for Best Picture?

With the nominations now on the table, we look at what the favorites will be.

Thrilling visuals keep a plot-deflated 'Aeronauts' aloft

"The Aeronauts" can't rise above its marquee faces.

Review: 'The Confession Club,' by Elizabeth Berg

FICTION: "The Confession Club" takes us on another visit to the town that introduced us to "Arthur Truluv."

This Minnesotan fights to keep offensive 'R' word from making comeback

She uses kindness and humor to encourage people to rethink how they treat people with disabilities.

Academy Award shorts focus on parents, children and life's fragility

Oscar-nominated animated and live-action shorts lean heavily on familial bonds and the shadow of death.