Cheryl Massaro

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Sheryl Massaro’s poetry and translations have been called “moving, beautiful,” yet they are grounded in the deceptively simple paths of daily living. Massaro has an MFA in Creative Writing and has had residencies at Yaddo and St. Peter’s colonies. She has studied under Stanley Kunitz, Allen Ginsberg, Galway Kinnell, and many others. Several of her poems have been published in small literary journals as well as The New York Times. Massaro now teaches occasional small-group poetry writing classes and is an accomplished painter, photographer, and Master Gardener. Originally from the Washington, DC suburbs, Massaro now lives in Frederick County, MD.

Her art and photography has been in numerous juried and solo exhibits in Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania galleries, and the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts. Her work is in private collections on the East and West Coasts. She is a member of The Artists Gallery and The Artist Angle Gallery in Frederick, the Frederick Arts Council, Frederick Plein Air Artists, Frederick County Art Association, the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association, and The Maryland Federation of Art. Her work is available through

In my poetry, art, and photography, I endeavor to tap into and convey life’s undertows. These are the unspoken things that ultimately bring close and bind artists and their readers or viewers. They are in the lives of agricultural fields and barns, abandoned and in use, in bodies of water and their islands and shores; in the bodies and eyes of animals, wild and domestic; in the human form; in our architecture; and, especially, in the light and shading that enable each of these to be hidden, noticed, or noticeably hidden.

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