Sheryl Cornett is a North Carolina writer, poet, and essayist, author of the forthcoming novella Mourning into Dancing and the novel-in-progress The Art and War of Island Secrets (working title). Her recent poems, stories, criticism, and creative non-fiction appear in Art House America, Southern Women’s Review, North Carolina Literary Review, Image, Pembroke Magazine, Mars Hill Review, and The Independent Weekly among other journals and magazines; and in anthologies such as In a Fine Frenzy: Poets Respond to Shakespeare, and Christmas Stories from the South’s Best Writers. Recent conference presentations include “A Jane Austen for Our Time” at Ireland’s West Cork Literary Festival, which was selected to appear in the essay collection The Global Jane Austen. Current interests include the role of World War Two in North Carolina’s literary landscape; the significance of architecture and gardens in character-making and story settings; and the influence of Jane Austen on Contemporary Women’s Fiction.
Sheryl holds degrees from Miami University, Ohio, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Seattle Pacific University. A huge influence on her work were the times she spent living in France, Africa, and England.
When not writing, Sheryl can be found cooking with and for her large family, gardening, reading, and playing around with watercolor paints and knitting needles. That is, when she’s not traveling to her many homes away from home.