Charlotte Watson Sherman
Born Charlotte Denise Watson, in Seattle (Washington), the eldest in a working class family. Dreamed of being a writer since Pippi Longstocking hijacked my imagination.
Graduated from Seattle University. Worked as a pretrial screener, outreach coordinator, sexual abuse counselor, emergency housing counselor, child welfare worker, mental health screener, volunteer coordinator for a literacy program, research interviewer, and librarian.
Published poetry in Obsidian, The Black Scholar, Obsidian II, Painted Bride Quarterly, Permafrost, and Gathering Ground: New Writing and Art by Northwest Women of Color. KNEEL: An Anthem appeared in the group exhibition, Manifesto: A Modest Proposal, at Pitzer College Art Galleries, Claremont, CA., January 20-March 29, 2018, and Another Chicago Magazine’s The LOOP. Also published a collection of short fiction, Killing Color, Calyx Books (1992); a novel, One Dark Body, HarperCollins (1993); an anthology, Sisterfire: Black Womanist Fiction and Poetry, HarperCollins (1994); another novel, touch, HarperCollins (1995), and a children’s book, Eli and the Swamp Man, HarperCollins (1996). A picture book, Brown Sugar Babe, is forthcoming from StarBerry Books (Spring, 2020).