Discipline: Literature – nonfiction

Cheryl Collins Isaac

Discipline: Literature – nonfiction
Region: Carlisle, PA
MacDowell Fellowships: 2020

Born and raised in Liberia, West Africa, Cheryl Collins Isaac spent her childhood surviving the First Liberian Civil War. A former business columnist for Forbes Woman, her fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have been published in Chicago Quarterly Review, Ocean State Review, Hawaii Pacific Review, Prime Number Magazine, South Writ Large, and others.

While at MacDowell, she worked on completing a memoir-in-progress about dealing with post-trauma after her experiences during the Liberian Civil War of 1990. In her studio, she used the solitude and space to rearrange archived letters she'd written as a child during war, and to weave these letters into the full narrative.


Phi Beta

Cheryl Collins Isaac worked in the Phi Beta studio.

Funded by the Phi Beta Fraternity, a national professional fraternity of music and speech founded in 1912, Phi Beta Studio was built between 1929–1931 of granite quarried on the MacDowell grounds. The small studio is a simple in design, but displays a pleasing combination of materials with its granite walls and colorful slate roofing. Inside is…

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