Carla M. Cherry is an English teacher and poet from New York City. A graduate of Spelman College, New York University, and Lehman College, she has been published in Anderbo, For Harriet, Obscura, Dissident Voice, Random Sample Review, Eunoia Review, Bop Dead City, MemoryHouse Magazine, Down in the Dirt, In Between Hangovers, Picaroon Poetry, Firefly Magazine, Street Light Press, Ariel Chart, and upcoming issues of HerStory and Black Noise Quarterly . She has published four books of poetry through Wasteland Press: Gnat Feathers and Butterfly Wings (2008), Thirty Dollars and a Bowl of Soup (2017), Honeysuckle Me (2017), and These Pearls Are Real (2018). She is hard at work on her fifth book!
Carla was honored to be the featured poet at the NYC Poetry and Spoken Word Experience's open mic on August 29, 2015. Additionally, she competed twice in Underground Books' Jackie Robinson Poetry Day poetry competition in Harlem, NY and won first prize for her poem, "Bits and Pieces", from Gnat Feathers and Butterfly Wings in 2016, second prize for several poems from Honeysuckle Me in 2017, and third prize in 2018.
Committed to social change, she is a vegan and donates to worthy causes. In her spare time, she studies Chicago-style stepping and dances at every set she can make!