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Cheryl Dumesnil


Cheryl Dumesnil’s books include the poetry collections Showtime at the Ministry of Lost Causes and In Praise of Falling (University of Pittsburgh Press); a memoir, Love Song for Baby X (Ig Publishing); and the anthologies We Got This: Solo Mom Stories of Grit, Heart, and Humor (SheWrites Press, co-edited with Marika Lindholm, Domenica Ruta, and Katherine Shonk) and Dorothy Parker’s Elbow: Tattoos on Writers, Writers on Tattoos (Warner Books, co-edited with Kim Addonizio). A freelance writer, editor, and writing coach, she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her two children and her wife, Sarah. Her new collection of poems, What Is Left to Say, is forthcoming in Fall 2023. Learn more about her work at