Cheryl B

Author: Cheryl B

Profile: Cheryl Burke is known popularly as Cheryl B in her professional career. She was an American journalist, a performance artist, spoken word poet and playwright associated with the East Village art scene in New York City. She was born in Staten Island, New York, United States and died on 18th June 2011. She grew up on New Jersey and moved to New York City later and graduated at The New School Welcome Centre and New York University. She is well known for her posthumously published book, My Awesome Place: The Autobiography of Cheryl B.

Cheryl B documented her experiences with the treatment of cancer, in her blog, WTF Cancer Diaries. Her colleagues and group of friends and writer Sarah Schulman, finalized her sole publication, My Awesome Place and published it in 2012. Cheryl B. has been an out bisexual. She was survived by Kelli Dunham her partner who has accepted the Lambda Literary Award on her behalf for the book, My Awesome Place.


Writing style: Cheryl B is popularly known for her spoken word poetry performances at various venues like the St. Mark’s Poetry Project, the Nuyorican Poets Café, the National Arts Club, Bowery Poetry Club and P.S. 122. Besides this her work has featured in various periodicals and anthologies. In the downtown literary world, Cheryl B. has remained a vital voice and contributed to many journals, anthologies and magazines. She has been bracingly insightful and honest all through her work especially about relationships in the family and how it feels like to be young in the 1900s while living in New York City.


Published Texts:

2012 –  My Awesome Place: The Autobiography of Cheryl B.

2011 – Dancing Lessons: How I Found Passion and Potential on the Dance Floor and in Life

Awards and Acknowledgements:

2013 – Lambda Literary Award for Bisexual Literature

2013 – Bi Writer Award at the Bi Writers Association’s inaugural Bisexual Book Awards


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