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Poet: Sheryl Persson’s poems, children’s poems, short stories and articles have been published widely in literary journals, e-zines, anthologies and educational publications in Australia, New Zealand and abroad.
As Poet Laureate of Auburn, NSW, July-December 2011: Sheryl worked with Auburn Community Development Network (ACDN), a position funded by Arts NSW. She lyrically mapped the social and cultural life of Auburn through poetry and creative writing, visiting schools, businesses, community agencies and iconic monuments and spaces around Auburn to develop a body of new work that speaks to the cultural and linguistic diversity of Auburn communities. Key to her work was the engagement of young people with low levels of language and literacy to develop confidence in creative expression.
Public performance: Sheryl has been a featured poet at festivals and readings. She is a member of the Walter Street Poets and DiVerse, a group of poets who write ‘ekphrasis’ — transcribing visual art into poetry. DiVerse performs at galleries such as the National Gallery, the Art Gallery of NSW and regularly features at the S H Ervin Gallery. DiVerse performs at the Sydney Writers’ Festival.
Scarcely Random, a collection of Sheryl's poems, was published by Ginninderra Press in 2007. Les Murray says that in her work, Sheryl Persson makes 'fine discoveries', describing her poetry as 'experimental'.
Educator: Tutor and Workshop Facilitator: Sheryl has an MA in English Literature and DipEd from Sydney University. She worked for many years as a Senior Research and Assessment Officer (English) for Educational Assessment Australia (formerly Educational Testing Centre) at the University of New South Wales. Sheryl’s poetry and prose have been used as stimulus material in numerous English testing programmes in schools in Australia and abroad and she is a highly experienced test item writer and reviewer currently working as a consultant.
With a background in teaching, educational measurement and writing, Sheryl tutors students from Year 3 to Year 12, teaching gifted children and those with special needs and preparing students for NAPLAN, ICAS, Selective and Scholarship tests.