Sherri Felt Dratfield – Bio






Sherri Felt Dratfield’s second collection of poetry, Water Vigils, was recently published by Finishing Line Press and has been nominated for the 2014 Pushcart Prize. The City, Sherri’s debut book of poetry published in 2013, also was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Joan Larkin recently selected Sherri’s poem Hallelu as a finalist in the Jewish Current’s Raynes Competition. Her poem entitled Time Pieces Repaired received a Margaret Reid Prize for Traditional Verse:

Sherri has also been a finalist in a poetry contest sponsored by Atlanta Review.

Sherri has read her poetry in diverse geographic locations, among them New York City; Seattle, Washington; Kefalonia, Greece; and Ventnor City, New Jersey. She has been fortunate to read in such iconic poetry venues as Cornelia Street Cafe, Poets House, Caffe Reggio, KGB Bar and the Unterberg Poetry Center, all in NYC, and Hofstra University, the 2014 AWP Writers Conference, Ventnor Coffee, Atlantic City’s Dante Hall and the Atlantic County Public Library System, Ventnor Branch. Sherri was privileged to participate in the 92nd Street Y, Unterberg Poetry Center manuscript thesis course taught by Cornelius Eady. She has also studied in master classes at Poets House with Tom Sleigh and through the Unterberg Poetry Center with Grace Schulman, Emily Fragos and Marie Ponsot.

Sherri’s formal education and professional life have been varied. She graduated from Goucher College, cum laude, double-majoring in English and drama with a concentration in poetry writing and was elected there to the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. Sherri received an MFA in acting from the University of Denver and a JD, with election to Order of the Coif, from New York University and has earned her living as an actor, a theatrical producer and, more recently, an attorney specializing as a litigator and counselor in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and intellectual property law.

Sherri was a long-time member of the editorial board of the Trademark Reporter (TMR), the foremost international legal journal publishing articles concerning trademark law and related topics, and served for several years on the TMR as a senior editor for original articles. In her capacity as a litigator in state and federal courts, she drafted countless legal memoranda, known as briefs, which, as many in the legal profession will attest, generally requires artfulness and creativity, in additon to clarity, to capture the attention of and persuade a sophisticated judiciary.

Sherri lives in the West Village in Manhattan with her husband, Simon, and their two wheaten terriers. They have two adult children, Mara and Noah. She also spends time at her shore home in Ventnor, NJ and travels as regularly as possible to Venice, Italy and Greece.

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