Cheyenne L. Black is a writer, poet, editor, and artist now firmly rooted in the fern-dense and rainy Pacific Northwest but who was born and raised in the Sonoran desert.
Her writing often reflects the iconic nature of these places which have both charmed and terrified her at various moments. Throughout her writing you will find references to the desert which she claims has been trying to kill her since the day she was born; and the rain of the northwest which she says finally showed her the meaning of home.
Black is at work on a manuscript which is set in the Sonoran and which works to evidence cowboy culture and its impact on the women and children made subject to it. The piece is a mythopoetic long poem influenced by the works of Alice Notley, Diane di Prima, Anne Waldman, H.D., and Cynthia Hogue—and indeed much of Black’s work reveals traces of her admiration of these women as well as Alicia Ostriker, Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Rachel Zucker, and many others.
She is the editor-in-chief of Hayden’s Ferry Review and the “Lyric Essentials” editor for Sundress Publications. Having been granted separate fellowships, she is also a Virginia G. Piper global teaching fellow and research fellow. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the anthologies We Will be Shelter and In Sight: An Ekphrastic Collaboration, as well as the journals 45th Parallel, Bacopa Review, Wordgathering, American Journal of Poetry, and New Mobility among others. Her visual art has appeared in “Bookish,” an artist’s book exhibition and subsequently on Visual Art Source.
Black has given lectures and spoken on topics such as experimental poetry, the long poem, mythopoetics, publishing, disability, and first-generation academics.
Black is also an avid sea kayaker, book artist, photographer, and encaustic artist. She teaches at Arizona State University where she is months away from her MFA in creative writing with a poetry emphasis.