Photo credit: Aleksander Smageen

Cherry Lou Sy is a writer/playwright/performer and aspiring TV writer originally from the Philippines of Chinese and Filipino heritage. Currently based in Lenapehoking aka Brooklyn, New York, she received BA at NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study with magna cum laude honors and attended Brooklyn College’s MA in English Literature as well as the MFA in Playwriting program under Mac Wellman and Erin Courtney as a Kimberley Phillips-Boehm Fellow. 

She is one of the few Adjunct Lecturers to receive a rare distinction of the Claire Tow ’52 Excellence in Teaching Award for her and her students’ work on promoting the need for an Asian American Pacific Islander Studies at CUNY’s Brooklyn College. She is also a proud teaching artist for PEN America’s DREAMING Out Loud facilitating creative writing classes for undocumented and formerly undocumented immigrants. She’s been the recipient of fellowships and residencies from VONA and Tin House among others and a finalist for way too many things to mention. She is also the Co-Artistic Director of the International Minor Feelings Trading Company (aka Trade Co) where third culture and non-dominant perspectives make the backbone of theatrical investigations.

Her debut literary novel, GOOD GIRL, BEGGAR WOMAN, is a coming-of-age story about intergenerational fractures and forging an identity as a mixed-race immigrant daughter, for readers of Burnt Sugar by Avni Doshi and America is Not the Heart by Elaine Castillo–it will be on offer soon.

Cherry is represented by Amanda Orozco and Laura Cameron.