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Cheryl Chaffin has published personal and scholarly essays, poems, and book reviews. Her work has appeared in The Sun, Poesy, Porter Gulch Review, Literary Mama, InPrint, Catamaran Literary Reader, Mothers and Daughters, Ex-Centric Narratives, and Penumbra. Her poetry has been featured online with Muse-Pie Press. Cheryl has a Master of Fine Arts in Writing from Goddard College and a Ph.D. in Humanities from Union Institute and University. She is a professor of English composition, rhetoric, literature, and creative writing at Cabrillo College in Aptos, California. In 2014 she travelled to Poland on fellowship with Auschwitz Jewish Center Fellows. As a result of that trip, she wrote After Poland: A Memoir Because of Primo Levi, which will be published in October 2018 with Common Ground, University of Illinois Press. She is currently writing a second book, The Bright Dream: A Writer’s Return to Italy. She is mom to fourteen-year-old Elias and has practiced meditation and yoga for over twenty-five years.