Cheryl Wilder is a poet, writer, and, web designer.
She is the author of the chapbook, What Binds Us, which made the short list for the New Women’s Voices series at Finishing Line Press in 2017. She’s also authored journal and magazine publications. Take a look at the poetry and nonficton pages for a taste of her work.
Cheryl’s writing is concerned with the various ways in which we build self through relationships. She’s particularly interested in the struggle of self-worth and how that struggle affects personal choices and accountability—to oneself, to loved ones, to society—and the resilience that comes from taking responsibility.
Cheryl is also passionate about the intersection of architecture and poetry, and how the two arts inform one another in meaningful ways. While working in the architecture office of Ligon Flynn AIA, Cheryl received her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her architectural work involved researching the evolution of architectural space in order to expand upon Ligon’s design philosophy, which included a harmonious relationship between interior and exterior space.
The intense study of architectural space, and how people inhabit that space, alongside the deep study of poetics—the literal making of a poem—shaped Cheryl’s writing practice and style. She wants to be inside a poem like she’s inside a home, therefore she constantly questions what it means to have a house: as shelter, as sentiment, as possibility, as identity. Home is where we first learn how to build relationships. Home is also a common social denominator. Her goal is to broaden the conversation of worth, value, and home, pulling together all the threads of her work.