"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 an author, poet, speaker, and teacher who has a different approach from your average South Side Chicagoan, she bares her soul. Cherlnell uses her words to create incredible worlds and stories that, change the minds of those around her. Dealing with topics most people won’t dare mention. Cherlnell uses her life experiences; to reach people with her blog, inspire people with her written work, and teach people with her curriculum. Cherlnell Started writing at a very young age and hasn’t stopped since. A storyteller from the start, even her poetry has storytelling weaved throughout and covers a multitude of topics and emotions. Cherlnell started Writing Through It Workshops in 2016 to help people learn to reveal, deal, and heal from negative emotions while commemorating and celebrating the positive ones.
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, the interactive creative writing class Writing Through Everyday Trauma, and the all-day Healing Through It Summit.