Author Cheryl Denise recently published a second book of poetry entitled "What's in the Blood."
Her first collection of poetry, "I Saw God Dancing," won first place in the West Virginia Writers Poetry Competition.
Both her books are published by Cascadia Publishing House in Telford, Pa. Also, she just completed a CD along with musician friend Ben Regier, who plays some mandolin and guitar music between poems. The CD is entitled Leaving Eden.
Denise's poetry is rich in tangible detail with poems of a storytelling quality. A member of the Barbour County Writers Workshop, Denise is well-known in the area as the author of "Patches called Philippi," written for the All-American City Award. This poem is included in her new book along with the poem "In Sago," which previously was published in "Coal: A Poetry Anthology" (Blair Mountain Press).
Denise and her husband, Mike Miller, live on a sheep farm in the Silent Grove community in Barbour County.
Reviewers have received Denise's work with great enthusiasm.
"Cheryl's poems shine with the elemental power of blood, new-turned earth, sex and baptism. Read and rejoice," said Kentucky poet and children's author George Ella Lyon.
Famous Mennonite historian John Ruth said, "In always-approachable camaraderie, Cheryl's lines bleed juice and blood. She lets us look with demure erotic humor at what is or once was next to our skin, from church to barnyard. Enjoy the sharp sounds of skates and an auctioneer's voice like river water over stones. Share the key frisson: We may affectionately tweak, but not escape, what's in the blood."
Denise's books and CDs are available for sale at Main Line Books in Elkins; Mountain Treasures in Philippi; and The Bookstore on Main Street in Buckhannon. They also are available at Amazon.com, BN.com and cdbaby.com.