CHERYL L. SMART
University of Memphis, Memphis, TN January 2014 – May 2017
Master of Fine Arts, Creative Writing, Concentration in Creative Nonfiction
Thesis: “Barbed Wire Lasso: A Collection of Essays”
Advisor: Dr. Jeffrey Scraba
University of Memphis, Memphis, TN August 2010 – December 2013
Bachelor of Arts in English, Concentration in Creative Writing (Honors Program)
Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy
Summa Cum Laude, GPA: 3.88
Dean’s List: Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013
Finalist in Split Lip Magazine’s 2017 Turnbuckle Chapbook Competition
Finalist in Sequestrum’s 2016 New Writer Award
Finalist in the Heartwood Broadside Series 2016
Finalist for CutBank Literary Magazine’s 2016 Montana Prize in Creative Nonfiction
University of Memphis 2016 Outstanding Graduate Student Award
University of Memphis 2016 Graduate Summer Fellowship
University of Memphis 2015 Creative Writing Award in Nonfiction
Arizona State Poetry Society First Place in Rhyming 2014
The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi Member since 2014
Marcus Orr Humanities Award 2013-2014
University of Memphis Adult Scholarship 2012-2013
“Red Dresses” Apeiron Review Issue 9
“Blue Dinosaur” Appalachian Heritage Spring 2015
“One Layer” Chroma Magazine (forthcoming in September 2017)
“A Thousand More” The Citron Review Summer CNF Spotlight 2015
“Horses in the Wrinkle” Cleaver Magazine Spring 2015 – nominated for The Best American Essays 2016
“Dissonance” The Collagist October 2015
“Brace” Crack the Spine Issue 141, anthologized in Crack the Spine XII (2016)
“Grandmother” Crack the Spine Issue 139
“Vague Castles” Don’t Talk to Me About Love
“And I’m Not There” GrubStreet blog August 2016
“Expedition” Gulf Coast Winter 2016 Online Exclusives
“Bioluminescence” Heartwood October 2016
“Marco Polo You’re It! Bologna!” “Red to God: My Only Childhood Trophy,” and “Friday Night Kings,” Little Patuxent Review Winter 2015
“My Father’s Lesson” Pine Hills Review September 2015
“Glamour Girls” forthcoming in Proximity’s prize winners and finalists anthology
“Dead Man Tim” River Teeth’s ‘Beautiful Things’ Column February 2017
“The Bricks” Shooter Literary Magazine Issue 5: Cities
“Burnt Bridge” storySouth April 2016
“Descartes Says the Soul” Tahoma Literary Review Issue 10 (forthcoming in August, 2017)
“Water in My Bones” The Turnip Truck(s) Issue 4: Abundance May 2017
“Publishing Tricks One on One” Southern Writers Magazine July 2016
“Blue Husbands” Synaesthesia Magazine, March 2017
“Stones Cry” Word Riot February 2015
New Graduate Student Mentor 2016
Promotion and Hosting, River City Writers Series 2014
Board Secretary, Adult Student Association 2012 – 2013
Member, Adult Student Association 2012 – 2014
Mentor, Adult and Commuter Student Services Mentor Networking 2012 – 2014
Instructor, Creative Nonfiction & Publishing, 7th Annual Bartlett Christian Writers Retreat 2016
Guest Speaker/Instructor, Creative Nonfiction & Publishing, Collierville Christian Writers 2016
Guest Speaker/Instructor, Creative Nonfiction & Publishing, Bartlett Christian Writers 2016
Instructor, Creative Nonfiction, Mid-South Student Writers Conference 2015
Panel Moderator, The Last Giant George Spain, Peg Fredi, Southern Book Festival 2015
Instructor, Creative Nonfiction, Pinch Summer Writing Workshops 2015
Guest Speaker, First Tennessee Bank Retirees Luncheon 2015
Board Secretary, Poplar Estates Property Owners Association 2013 – 2016
Board Secretary, Hardeman County Anti-Drug Coalition 2004 – 2008
UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS, Memphis, TN 2015 – Present
The Pinch literary journal
- Managing Editor (Spring Semester 2016)
- Assistant Manager (Fall Semester 2015)
- Nonfiction Editor (Spring Semester 2015)
Plan and manage editing projects including identifying and reporting new content ideas and concepts in the production of a bi-annual print literary journal with revolving online features.
- Supervisory responsibilities for writer contracts and article fees, guiding proofreaders and copy editors based on project requirements and digital communication and social media efforts.
- Assist in setting budget, schedules and deadlines for new editing projects including monitoring and controlling expenses.
- Manage and balance the workload among genre and copy editors while coordinating with them to maintain editorial flow and schedule.
- Conduct developmental edits and offer input to enhance quality, organization, clarity and content effectiveness while writing or editing content when needed.
- Recruit and train editors, proofreaders, and editorial assistants.
- Manage implementation, revision, and distribution of style sheet, style guide, and editorial process documentation.
- Research current status of recent and/or all past contributors for promotional newsfeed topics, solicit trending writers for work, and thoroughly read all submissions, solicited and unsolicited.
UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS, Memphis, TN 2015 – 2017
Graduate Teaching Assistant – Department of English
Provide instruction to students in English Composition in the practice of expository writing with emphasis on content organization and style for different purposes and audiences
- Instruct students about course requirements, evaluation procedures and attendance requirements.
- Maintain required attendance, scholastic and student records including submitting attendance details as per published guidelines and reporting any concerns to Director of Education.
- Develop, maintain and evaluate curriculum, recommend options to maintain program currency, utilize approved course materials, and adapt teaching methods to ensure needs of students are met.
- Develop and organize English language lesson materials, equipment and training modules.
- Provide students with necessary academic support, tutoring, and skills enhancement.
- Motivate students through demonstrating professionalism, enthusiasm, sensitivity for their concerns and enriching class teaching from personal experiences.
- Study and identify different student learning styles and act accordingly.
WESTERN MENTAL HEALTH INSTITUTE, Bolivar, TN 2008 – 2010
Admissions Clerk III
Handled admissions for a 162 bed state facility servicing 24 counties in West Tennessee, including referrals, triage, patient processing, training and supervising technicians, assisting physicians and nurses and general administrative functions.
BELK, INCORPORATED, Corinth, MS 2006 – 2008
Provided sales assistance and customer service to an established client base.
INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR, Middleton, TN 2006 – 2007
Medical Secretary, Mercy Hospice, Inc. (2006)
Furnished temporary administrative, bookkeeping and medical billing services to local area businesses.
Office Manager, Exchange Club – Carl Perkins Center, Bolivar, TN 2003-2006
Owner/Operator, Smart Moves Aerobic Center, Bolivar/Middleton, TN 1998 – 2003
Education Director, The Bird Dog Foundation, Inc., Grand Junction, TN 1993-1998
Computer: Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, Publisher), Quickbooks, inDesign