I was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and grew up in nearby Montgomery and Bucks Counties.
What is the greatest thing about the place you call home?
I currently live in the suburbs of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. It is close enough to the city to enjoy all the modern amenities but on the fringes of some absolutely stunning countryside. I live within easy walking distance of a gorgeous stretch of The Appalachian Trail.
What turns you on creatively?
Emotions and beauty. I am bi-polar and tend to feel and experience things intensely. I have always been drawn to poetry as a form of expression of what I am experiencing and feeling on the inside. It is one of the ways I can reach within myself and draw out a thought or feeling or even sometimes just capture a moment and breathe life and beauty into it.
What is your favorite word, and can you use it in a poetic sentence?
I honestly do not have just one favorite. I have always had a fondness for words and am often searching for that perfect word to flavor my writing. I’ll just throw two out there and say ‘exquisite’ and ‘amorous’.
Her exquisite beauty created such an amorous passion within him he felt his chest an inadequate container for his bursting heart.
What is your pet peeve?
Intolerance. There are so many differences between and among each of us. To me, that is what makes us each such beautifully unique creatures. At the same time, there is always someplace where a common ground can be found to connect us and from there celebrate and enjoy those differences. Intolerance is a refusal to find that common ground. Instead of celebrating differences it turns them into ugly and a perverse things that cause harm to ourselves and others.
What defines Sheri M. Stewart?
Love. It doesn’t matter if it is myself, family, friends or even those who have hurt me along the way. It always circles back to love. I truly believe it is the greatest gift that God has given to mankind. If we can find and come from that place this world would be a far greater place.
I am interested in and fascinated by so many things in the world around me. I am a dreamer and a lover. I endure great pain and sadness. I am bi-polar. I have learned to embrace the many facets of who I am. I chose to view my illness as just another part of what makes me unique. I write as a form of self-expression and art. I share in the hopes that others can identify with my writing and know they are not alone.