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WRITER IN RESIDENCE – Cheryl J. Fish is a fiction writer, poet, and scholar of environmental justice and travel literature. Her debut novel, Off the Yoga Mat, depicting three characters coming-of-middle-age, will be published on Oct. 20, 2022 by Livingston Press. Fish is the author of the recent poetry and photography collection, The Sauna is Full of Maids (Shanti Arts), reflecting on friendships, travel, and how present-day Finnish life intertwines with folklore and mythology. She has also published two books on African-American and women’s travel writing, and a number of essays on the resistance to mining and extraction depicted by Sami artists and filmmakers Fish has been a Fulbright Professor in Finland, and she teaches writing and literature at City University of New York. While at NES, Fish is working on fiction and poetry influenced by the Icelandic Eddas, her love of the Icelandic landscape, and on exchanges and inspiration she finds among the visitors to, and residents of, Iceland.

For more information on Cheryl’s work, see her website, detailing her writing and research: and the links below.

Interviews/guest blog posts:

Eero Kilpi, “Cheryl J. Fish, PH.D.: The Sauna Is Full of Maids, The North American Sauna Society,  August 23, 2021

Author Profile: Spank the Carp,” Spank the Carp

“Snapshot: Cheryl J. Fish (Finland, 2006/07),” Fulbrighter, June 22, 2021

Guest blog post on Artivism and Sami and Native American art:

ASLE EcoCast: Ashes to Ashes: Poetry and Conversations with Cheryl J. Fish

Follow Cheryl on Twitter and Instagram @cheryljoyfish

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