Cheryl Smart earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, concentration in Creative Nonfiction, from the University of Memphis, where she was recipient of the 2015 Creative Writing Award in Nonfiction, the 2016 Outstanding Graduate Student Award, and the 2016 Graduate Summer Writing Fellowship. She has served as Managing Editor, Assistant Managing Editor, and Nonfiction Editor of The Pinch. She has work published in GrubStreet, Gulf Coast, The Collagist, Little Patuxent Review, Appalachian Heritage, HeartWood, Cleaver Magazine, Word Riot, The Citron Review, Pine Hills Review, Apeiron Review, Don’t Talk to Me About Love, storySouth, Southern Writers Magazine, Shooter Literary Magazine, Crack the Spine, Synaesthesia Magazine, River Teeth’s Beautiful Things, The Turnip Truck(s) an im-possible publication, Tahoma Literary Review, chróma magazine: the red issue and forthcoming in Proximity Magazine’s prize winners anthology. She is a 2016 Best American Essays nominee and her work has been honored as finalist for Split Lip Magazine’s 2017 Turnbuckle Chapbook Prize, CutBank’s 2016 Montana Prize in Creative Nonfiction, HeartWood’s Broadside 2016 Series, Proximity Magazine’s 2016 Narrative Journalism Prize, and Sequestrum’s 2016 New Writer Awards. Her work has been anthologized in Crack the Spine XII 2016 Edition. Cheryl lives just on the line between Memphis and Germantown but tells people she lives in Memphis. She teaches English to youthful offenders, young men ages 15-17, through the Juvenile Detention Center in Memphis.