"When a person is going through hell, and she encounters someone who went through hellish hell and survived, then she can say, 'Mine is not so bad as all that. She came through, and so can I.'" -Maya Angelou
Cherlnell Lane is a writer, author, and entrepreneur from Chicago's South Side. She began her very intimate love affair with writing as a young child while growing up on Chicago’s South Side. The strong love that Lane developed for literature as a child would eventually blossom as she transitioned from a little girl into womanhood. It continued to manifest as she studied the works of many writers from Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes, L.A. Banks, and Zane By reading and reciting the scribes of these famous writers to anyone that would listen. Lane eventually discovered that her skill for writing had surpassed a novice level.
Cherlnell has been featured on television and radio. With poetry being one of her first loves, she started her initiative called The Cookie Jar Poetry Open Mic.
Having published two books both published under the pen name Cookie Battles, Chernell continuously uses the pen to reach many within her community and beyond. The author has also featured an anthology, her third written work, under the name C. J. Lane.
Cherlnell is passionate about her community. She began Sisters Standing Together in Womanhood and the interactive creative writing class Writing Through Everyday Trauma.