About Cheryl Pallant

Author, poet, dancer, teacher & healer writing about awakening the body.

On Second Thought


Imagine, if you will, that you are falling from an airplane, mind you, without a parachute. You last remembered reading the in-flight magazine, then the airplane shuddering more violently that normal. Nervous about the less than smooth ride, for reassurance you turn to your husband, but find him fast asleep with his mouth hinged open.

Now you are here although unsure where here is. You try to order the confusion into Continue reading

Opportunity: Workshop & Recent Publications

Cheryl Pallant Books

Don’t miss my upcoming Writing From the Body workshop Sept 12 and HeartPath: A Couple’s Workshop Nov 21 in Richmond VA.

Oklahoma’s wonderful This Land Press is welcoming me with three recent publications:

“A Great Passage” deals with the death of my beloved cat, Java, and her spirit visiting me while I lived in Korea. Summer 2015.

 “The Essence of Forever” looks at meeting the art of T.C. Cannon, a great Native American painter.  Vol. 5, October 15, 2015

“Torment Relieved in Song” celebrates the centennial of poet John Berryman. Vol. 5, February 15, 2015

Here’s a piece on dance and writing published in the impressive Journal of Dance & Somatic Practices in England:

“Beyond Skin Boundaries in Contact Improvisation and Poetry,” Vol 6, No 2, 2015. Access this for free through a university that subscribes to the journal.

Many of you ask about “Tango in an Elevator.” Here’s the quick link.

Don’t miss out on my next writing workshop September 12!


Dance, Somatics and Spiritualities Review

book reviewWhen I fleshtalk about my bodyflesh which brings to mindflesh organismic waves of fleshbeingspirit, my tendency, at least years ago, was to assert mental control over all of me in whatever way possible. Knowing, I was taught, occurs through rumination and cogitation, mental activity, the matter of my body – or any body – abstracted into tidy bits of information that can be arranged and ordered into fathomable categories. This way of thinking compartmentalizes us into body, spirit, and mind. Mind is the most reliable, the others fickle and worse. Best that we ignore, even denigrate them. Those guided by body Continue reading

Opportunities to Write and Move!

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I’m headed to the Midwest in a few weeks to teach Writing From the Body and Contact Improvisation and to read from my works. Join me in Minneapolis MN and Viroqua WI!

Poetry Reading

April 9 at 514 Studios, Minneapolis MN

Contact Improvisation Workshop

April 13 with Body Cartography Project, Cowles Center for the Performing Arts, Minneapolis MN

Writing From the Body Class in Minneapolis

An Afternoon Writing From the Body Class

April 14, 2015 1:30-4:30
The Loft Literary Center
1011 S. Washington Ave.
Minneapolis MN 55415
Register with the Loft

Writing From the Body Retreat in Viroqua WI

Nature Nooks Retreat, a Conference Center and Nature Reserve
April 17 and 18, 2015
S4878 Cty. Rd. S
Viroqua, WI 54665

$140 for 2 days, $80 for 1 day; $25 deposit; Register with me.

On-site cabins are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Reserve through Nature Nooks. Or find a place nearby in Viroqua.

April 16: Come a day early to enjoy the beautiful environment and receive a Healing Touch/Reiki session or an individualized writing consult ($60)



The Practice of Art

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The National Book Award committee recognized what many readers have known for years. Ursula Le Guin rocks as a top notch writer. A national treasure and visionary, she writes with an original and forceful imagination. She cares about creative freedom and knows how culturally important it is. In her National Book Award Continue reading