Ms. Cherryis the author of twenty books and eight chapbooks of fiction (novels, stories), poetry, and nonfiction (essay, memoir, criticism) and two translations of classical drama. Born in Baton Rouge, she moved to Ithaca, NY, and then to Richmond, VA. Her honors and awards include fellowships from the NEA and the Rockefeller Foundation, a Speaker Award from USIS (the Philippines), the Bradley Major Achievement (Lifetime) Award, three fellowships and two New Work awards from the Wisconsin Arts Board, and the Hanes Poetry Prize from the Fellowship of Southern Writers. In 2010 she was a Director's Visitor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. She is Eudora Welty Professor Emerita of English and Evjue-Bascom Professor Emerita in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and currently serves as Poet Laureate of the Commonwealth of Virginia.