Cherryl Cooley owns a small boutique firm, Lede & Draft Content Specialists, LLC, which helps businesses and individuals create content assets through customized strategies, user experience (UI/UX) consulting, social media campaign development and memoir coaching. As a poet/playwright, she has published two volumes of poems, Utterance: A Museology of Kin (Sadorian, 2003) and Exquisite Heats (Salt Publishing, 2008). Her art/poetry chapbook Chops, produced in conjunction with Nexus Press in 2004, won a Gold AIGA SEED Award and is permanently housed in the Museum of Modern Art. A recipient of literary fellowships from Caldera, Cave Canem, the Vermont Studio Center, Idyllwild Summer in Poetry, Indiana Arts Commission and Fulton County Arts Council, Cherryl's work has appeared in Poetry, Essence magazine, North Carolina Literary Review, Copper Nickel, Crab Orchard Review, Anthropology & Humanism and numerous anthologies. A poem from her unpublished manuscript, "Hoofer," was selected by the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts to accompany a Fall 2017 concerto by Brooklyn, NY-based musical ensemble Sō Percussion. Cherryl lives in Woodbridge, VA with her husband, Chef Tobias Cooley.