Raised in an orthodox neighborhood in Flushing, Queens, Cheryl's writing often intertwines yiddishe kopf with a certain kind of New Yawk flair. She is currently working on a piece of speculative Jewish fiction that revolves around the fictional Jewish tattoo-artist, Raizel Rosengarten. Here are two selections from this work-in-progress which has been published in the online literary journal, The Squawk Back , in two installments so far. 

Selection from  "ו , ז , ח," Issue 114, The Squawk Back:         

Raizel had moved out and lived in an area of Williamsburg where beards bumped beards, where a hipster might be confused for a Chasid and vice versa. The men themselves often paused, looking each other in the eye, past the beard, scoping out the rest of the attire, to discern who was who. Things had gotten so confusing that a special meeting of the Chasidim in Williamsburg was convened to discuss “the question of the beard.” Some asked what use was the beard if they were beginning to become indistinguishable from the goyim? Others argued that the Torah says a yid may not bring a razor to his face and so it should stay. Taking both arguments into account, the council of Rabbanim that presided over the event concluded that the fashion of goyishe culture is always changing and therefore should not be a reason to alter their time-honored ways. “Recall,” they said, the 1960’s, “with the hippie-men who invaded the Catskills—our summer and weekend retreats—with their long beards. The current time is of course more dangerous because it has become “attractive” for a man to wear a beard, which means our men will just have to be more careful around the women who may throw themselves at them. This is a new nishayon that Hashem has given us. We will be strong.

 

Selection from א , ב , ג , ד, ﬣ," Issue 62, The Squawk Back:

Ava finally reached the apex of the vertical incline of the building made of the self-same stone as she, making her upwards crawl almost imperceptible to the crowds below. She perched the globe at top and looked beneath it at a plaque with a passage struck in gold that when deciphered from of its original language read as follows:
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She wasn’t sure of its significance but it seemed to recall some something in her memory, gnawing at it with great big claws. Had she forgotten something critical? She had a lingering suspicion that she had. Why had she come here in the first place? The statue could not say. So she crept back down the building and letting go of her finger grip purposely plunged herself down those many stories of rising air and shattered on the concrete, of the self-same material out of which she had been struck.

Publications

Spinner, Cheryl. "Snellen Chart." Gadfly. http://www.gadflyonline.com/home/index.php/snellen-chart/

Spinner, Cheryl. “Gagworthy.” The Garbage Issue. 01 June 2011. Squawk Back(thesquawkback.com). http://www.thesquawkback.com/2011/06/gagworthy.html

Spinner, Cheryl. “The Art of Preservation. Issue 21, 07 September 2011. Squawk Back(thesquawkback.com). http://www.thesquawkback.com/2011/09/art-of-preservation.html

Spinner, Cheryl. “Stoned Pigeons.” Issue 21, 07 September 2011. Squawk Back(thesquawkback.com). http://www.thesquawkback.com/2011/09/stoned-pigeons.html

Spinner, Cheryl. “The Puddle Shrine. “The Art of Preservation. Issue 21, 07 September 2011. Squawk Back (thesquawkback.com). http://www.thesquawkback.com/2011/09/puddle-shrine.html

Spinner, Cheryl. “The Art of Preservation. Issue 21, 07 September 2011. Squawk Back(thesquawkback.com). http://www.thesquawkback.com/2011/09/art-of-preservation.html

Spinner, Cheryl. “Orson, La Di Dah.” Issue 32. 2012. Squawk Back (thesquawkback.com).http://www.thesquawkback.com/2011/11/orson-la-di-dah.html

Spinner, Cheryl. “What a Spectacle.” Issue 32. 2012. Squawk Back (thesquawkback.com).http://www.thesquawkback.com/2011/11/what-spectacle.html

Spinner, Cheryl. ”א , ב , ג , ד, ﬣ .” Issue 56, 05 June 2012. Squawk Back (the squawkback.com).http://www.thesquawkback.com/2012/05/by-cheryl-spinner.html

Spinner, Cheryl “I’m a Hipster Lady.” Brittle Paper (brittlepaper.com).http://brittlepaper.com/2012/04/hipster-lady/