Tessa Cheek is a writer devoted to building artistic community through creative writing workshops, readings and storytelling events. As co-director of the Open Bard Literary Series, she helps bring talented writers to give readings at The Sherbino and workshops through Weehawken Creative Arts. When she isn't hanging at 610 Arts Collective and spreading the word about upcoming programs, Tessa sits on the Ridgway Town Council and Planning Commission. She also copy edits for a small poetry press. Tessa holds an MFA from Hollins University, where she served as a Teaching Fellow, Graduate Assistant and Assistant Poetry Editor of the Hollins Critic. Prior to moving to Ridgway, Tessa reported from Colorado’s state Capitol. In 2017, Tessa’s novel-in-progress won the Melanie Hook Rice Award in the Novel and her short story, “The Devil’s Terrible Nearness”, was nominated for the Best of the Net Anthology and a Pushcart Prize. You can find more of her creative and journalistic work at tessacheek.com or follow her @tessacheek.