Cherryl T. Cooley (Cherryl Floyd-Miller)

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About the Poet

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Poet/Playwright/Fiber Artist Cherryl T. Cooley has published two volumes of poems as Cherryl Floyd-Miller: 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 an AIGA Gold SEED Award and is permanently housed in the Museum of Modern Art. The chapbook was produced as a part of her DIALOG Fellowship with the Fulton County Arts Council in Atlanta.

Also a recipient of literary fellowships from Caldera, Cave Canem, the Vermont Studio Center, Poets & Writers, Inc., Idyllwild Summer in Poetry, and Indiana Arts Commission, Cherryl's work has appeared in Poetry, Essence magazine, North Carolina Literary Review, Copper Nickel, Crab Orchard Review, Anthropology & Humanism and numerous anthologies.

Cherryl is the inaugural winner of the Companion Poems Contest, co-sponsored by the Virginia Center for the Book and Poetry Daily. A poem from her unpublished manuscript, Hoofer, was selected by the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts to accompany a Fall 2017 concerto by Brooklyn, NY-based musical ensemble Sō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.

The 2022 winner of the Joseph Pendleton Campbell Memorial Poetry Award from the Poetry Society of Virginia, Cherryl works and lives in Woodbridge, Virginia.



Virginia City or County Affiliation

Prince William County

Years of Residence in Virginia


Current City/State of Residence

Woodbridge, Virginia




Black or African American

Year of Birth



Women, Culture, Family, Iconic Personas, Sound, Musicality, Southern rituals, Folklore, Myth

Published Works or Performances

  • Utterance: A Museology of Kin. Sadorian Books, 2003.
  • Chops. Nexus Press & Fulton County Arts Council, 2004.
  • Exquisite Heats. Salt Publishing, 2008.

Selected Individual Poems or Performances

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Cherryl T. Cooley (Cherryl Floyd-Miller)