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General Information

Name:  Ariana Rochelle Cherry-Shearer  

Pen Name: Ariana R. Cherry

Genre: C:ADULT C:CHILD C:YA Poetry

Born: 1981 in Mattoon, Illinois


Illinois Connection

I was born at Sarah Bush Hospital in Mattoon, Illinois and raised in Arcola, Illinois. I graduated from Arcola High School in 1999 and then graduated from Lake Land Community College in 2002. I am a certified Computer Applications Specialist, published poet and web content writer. Presently, I am employed with CEFS Economic Opportunity and reside in Arthur, Illinois with my husband, daughter, kitty cat, a sugar glider and 6 birds. Most of my poetry takes place in Illinois and also is inspired by my everyday life. My poetry collection, ''Through Her Eyes'', contains photos from areas in Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Ariana has published 2 collections of poetry and is working on her 3rd collection, ''Poems from Home''. She also has a blog, ''The Rural Freelance Writer'' and a web content producing company, ''Your Web Content''. Ariana has provided content for Demand Media, Yahoo! Associated Content, and She has submitted poetry online to Associated Content and has it on her website as well.

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