The How I Learned Series features writers, storytellers, comedians, and other raconteurs holding forth on a different theme. It all happens every last Wednesday of the month, and sometimes more than that, which basically means you will have the best night of your life on those nights, repeatedly.

Cheryl B.

Sunday, June 19th, 2011

The lovely and kind Cheryl Burke--poet, storyteller, producer, and HIL alum--died yesterday. She was tough as nails and it never, ever occurred to me that she might not make it. She was wonderfully supportive of others and brilliantly courageous in her writing and in her life. She was not nearly done with this world, which makes it all the more devastating. As one of her friends said on her Facebook page, "Fuck you, cancer." Really.

Cheryl, thank you for everything. You will be missed always.