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Cherryl Floyd-Miller

Atlanta, Georgia, United States


Currently the 2004 Fulton County Arts Council DIALOG Literary Fellow, Cherryl Floyd-Miller has held writing fellowships with Idyllwild (poetry, 2003), Caldera (playwriting, 2002), Cave Canem (poetry, 1998-2000), the Vermont Studio Center (poetry, 1997) and the Indiana Arts Commission (poetry, 1994-95). She is the winner of the 2002 Hughes, Diop, Knight Poetry Award. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Terminus, Broad River Review, North Carolina Literary Review, Crab Orchard Review, The American Muse, Open City, Essence magazine, Poetry Midwest, sidereality and other literary journals. Cherryl's first poetry manuscript, "Utterance: A Museology of Kin" was a semifinalist for the 2001 Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry and a 2002 finalist for the Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award. Utterance was released in Sept. 2003. Her second poetry collection, "Chops," won a 2005 Gold AIGA SEED Award. Also a stage director and playwright, her play, Settling Sophia, received its world premiere in 2003 with New World Stage Theatre and premiered in Kalamazoo, Michigan in 2004. She teaches creative writing at the Spruill Center for the Arts.

Interests: poetry, playwriting, writing coach, creative writing workshops, quilting.

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: Yes


Published works:


  • Proverbs for the People
  • Nonfiction

  • Keeping the Faith: Stories of Love, Courage, Healing and Hope from Black America
  • Poetry

  • Beyond the Frontier: African American Poetry for the 21st Century
  • Utterance: A Museology of Kin