My Daughter, the Hero

August Web Feature by Cindy Gentry

Cindy Gentry has enjoyed creative pursuits her whole life, and began creating artwork in 2018, after a move to New Mexico. She grew up in the mountains of Montana, to a father who taught her to love nature through his career with Fish, Wildlife and Parks, and a mother who encouraged creative pursuits and taught her to love God and to help others. She finds beauty in nature wherever life takes her. The rugged mountains of Montana delighted her as a child. She raised her children in the lush beauty of Green Country, Oklahoma, inspired by the verdant trees and the frequent powerful thunderstorms. She now resides in the high desert plains of New Mexico, with its incomparable sunrises and sunsets. She is currently studying Art at Eastern New Mexico University. Through her art she seeks to celebrate nature and show humankind at its best.

My Daughter, the Hero


Published by

El Portal

Eastern New Mexico University’s literary magazine, El Portal, offers a venue for the work of writers, artists and photographers. ENMU students, national, and international writers are welcome to submit their original, previously unpublished short stories, plays, poetry and photography. No entry fees are charged. Cash prizes are awarded to first-, second- and third-place winners in each category (only ENMU students qualify). El Portal is published each semester at Eastern thanks to Dr. Jack Williamson, a world-renowned science fiction writer and professor emeritus at ENMU who underwrote the publication. El Portal has been published since 1939.