Cheryl J. Fish is a poet, fiction writer and scholar who teaches environmental justice, writing, literature and gender studies at Borough of Manhattan Community College, City University of New York. She was a Fulbright professor at University of Tampere in 2007 teaching environmental justice in American literature and film. At that time she met Sami filmmakers at the Tampere Film Festival. Since then she’s written and published essays about how Sami filmmakers and photographers respond to mining and extraction and the importance of maintaining their identity and culture in arctic Fenno-Scandinavia.
Fish’s fiction has appeared in Iron Horse Literary Review, From Somewhere to Nowhere: The End of the American Dream, (Autonomedia Press, 2017) and Liars League NYC. Her poetry publications include a chapbook Make It Funny, Make it Last (#171, Belladonna, 2014) and her poems have appeared in journals and anthologies including The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry; Hanging Loose; Terrain.org; New American Writing; Santa Monica Review, Reed Magazine.
During the residency period Fish worked on a new manuscript of poetry called Gulf of Finland that examines her experience and friendships from time spent in Finland juxtaposed with Kalevala myth and Sami cosmologies. She also worked on short stories and a novella.
During her stay at the KulttuuriKauppila AiR she organizend and American literature evening at the Ii library.