Shelley Chernin's The Vigil (CC#24) is a chapbook featuring her seven-part poem of the same name. Editor John Burroughs says, "Probing and powerful, Chernin's work digs deep, brings dark to light and is highly flammable." Published 24 May 2012, The Vigil is now available for $5 (includes postage) from Crisis Chronicles Press, 3344 W. 105th Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44111. Cover art from a graphite drawing by Jessie Herzfeld.
Shelley Chernin is a 57-year-old freelance researcher, writer, and editor of legal reference books. She lives in Russell, Ohio (aka Novelty, proving that the US Postal Service once had a sense of irony). Her poems have appeared in Scrivener Creative Review, Rhapsoidia, What I Knew Before I Knew: Poems from the Pudding House Salon-Cleveland, the Heights Observer, the 2010 through 2012 Hessler Street Fair poetry anthologies and the Cuyahoga Burning edition of Big Bridge. She received the 2nd Place award in the 2011 Hessler Street Fair Poetry Contest and Honorable Mentions in the Akron Art Museum's New Words Poetry Contest in 2009 and 2010. In 2012, Crisis Chronicles published her chapbook, The Vigil. Yes, of course, she plays the ukulele. Who doesn't?