Cherry Smyth is an Irish poet, born in Ballymoney, County Antrim and raised in Portstewart. She has written two collections of poetry, a poetry pamphlet as well as a book, essays and reviews on contemporary visual arts. She has also published short fiction.
Her debut poetry collection, When the Lights Go Up, was published by Lagan Press, 2001. Her anthology of women prisoners’ writing, A Strong Voice in a Small Space (Cherry Picking Press, 2002), won the Raymond Williams Community Publishing Award in 2003.
The Future of Something Delicate was published by Smith/Doorstop in 2005. A second collection called One Wanted Thing (Lagan Press) appeared in 2006.
Her poems have been published in various magazines including The North, The ShOp, Staple, Magma and Poetry Ireland Review. She was a prize-winner in the Tonbridge Poetry Competition, 2006 and the London Writers’ Competition, 2007.
Cherry is the poetry editor of Brand literary magazine www.brandliterarymagazine.co.uk. And has been teaching writing poetry in the Creative Writing Department of the University of Greenwich since 2004.