Cheryl A. Ossola is the author of The Wild Impossibility, due out from Regal House Publishing on May 9, 2019. Her poetry, short fiction, and dance journalism have been published in the Pact Press anthology Speak and Speak Again, Fourteen Hills, Switchback, Dance Magazine, and Dance Studio Life, at danceusa.org, and by San Francisco Ballet and other ballet companies.
A member of the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto, Cheryl has an MFA in writing from the University of San Francisco. She was a freelance writer and full-time magazine editor for 20 years and taught writing classes at the Grotto and at UC Berkeley Extension.
In previous (rather incongruous) lives she was a stage lighting technician and an RN (neonatal ICU). She now lives and writes in Italy, where—at least so far, and not for lack of trying—she has failed to master la dolce far niente. Of Italian descent, Cheryl had always dreamed of living in Italy, but it wasn’t until her work and life reached a critical point of imbalance that she decided to take the plunge. In the hilltop city she now calls home, she is surrounded by antiquity and art, vistas that remind her that human potential is limitless, and people whose warmth and generosity touch her nearly daily.
Living in Italy has sparked new ideas and pushed what had been her work-in-progress, a middle-grade novel called Hanna and the Invisible Twin, into the wings. The new work-in-progress, a novel set in Perugia and Rome, encompasses fine art and obsession—and, no doubt, much that remains to be discovered.