Cheryl A. Ossola is a freelance writer and editor whose work has been published in Switchback, Dance Magazine, and Dance Studio Life, at danceusa.org, and by San Francisco Ballet and other ballet companies. She has an MFA in writing from the University of San Francisco, where she focused on long-form fiction. Formerly editor in chief of Dance Studio Life, she is a member of the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto, where she teaches writing classes and finds inspiration in a creative community.
In previous lives she was a stage lighting technician and neonatal ICU nurse, a seemingly odd combination that reflects the diversity of her interests. Her work has ranged from editing stories about dance, essays by a San Quentin inmate, and policy research reports to writing ballet program notes and medical abstracts to serving as writing consultant for an indie documentary film. She began writing poetry as a counterpoint to the novel-in-progress that has dominated her life for the past five years. She is continually astonished at how words can change a person, whether writer or reader, in unexpected ways.
Cheryl Ossola’s poem’s ‘Locker Room Talk’ and ‘Ordinary Agony’ is featured in Pact Press’ anthology, Speak and Speak Again, released in May, 2017.