Cheryl J. Fish is an environmental justice scholar, fiction writer, poet and single parent. Her short stories have appeared in Iron Horse Literary Review, From Somewhere to Nowhere: The End of the American Dream, Cheap Pop Lit, and Liars League NYC. An excerpt from her novel manuscript Off the Yoga Mat was a finalist for L Magazine’s Literary Upstart contest. She is the author of the chapbook Make It Funny, Make it Last (#171, Belladonna, 2014). Her poems have appeared in The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry; Hanging Loose; Terrain.org; New American Writing; Talisman; Santa Monica Review; Kudzu House Review; Reed Magazine; Volt. Fish has been a Fulbright professor in Finland and she lectures on environmental justice, activism and film by Indigenous Sami artists in the Nordic countries. She has been writer-in-residence at Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, and she is a professor of English at Borough of Manhattan Community College, City University of New York. She is writing a series of poems based on Finnish sauna, The Kalevala, Sami myth, and her journeys and friendships forged in sweat, lakes, and the midnight sun.
Cheryl J. Fish’s website, including her blog “Obsessive Journey Girl,” may be accessed here, a link to her most recent flash fiction here, and a video of her reading “sauna poems” at Gobi Desert Canoe Club Bar in Tampere, Finland here.