The Clarity of Hunger (forthcoming Summer/Fall 2021 by word west press)
Semifinalist, CutBank Chapbook Contest (August 2020)


My Mother’s Rooms, Twin Pies Literary (December 2020)

Homework, The Chattahoochee Review (December 2020)

Let it Out and Every Day the HouseLeon Literary Review (December 2020)

Black RocksJuked (November 2020); selected as Longform’s Fiction Pick of the Week

1985Ghost Parachute (September 2020)

StrangerJellyfish Review (June 2020)

Friday Night, Hobart (May 2020)

Adagio in Three Movements, Reflex Fiction (October 2019)

HungerAtlas & Alice (September 2019); reprinted in FlashFlood (National Flash Fiction Day, June 6, 2020)

Promethea100 Word Story (April 2019)

A Stone’s Throw from Home, JMWW Journal (March 2019)

Scarves, Zizzle Literary Magazine (debut print issue; October 2018)

All for Tulips, The Bitter Oleander (print, April 2018); reprinted online here

Nature.SmokeLong Quarterly (October/December 2017)

This Violent and Cherished EarthCleaver Magazine (December 2017)


If, Lost Balloon (March 2021)

10 Ways to Stop Hungering for MoreEcoTheo Review (December 2020)

The Elephant in the Street, Cease, Cows Magazine (April 2020)

ProfileDerelict Lit (August 2019); originally published in Mulberry Fork Review (August 2015)


(Review) Wild Life: Collected Works from 2003–2018, by Kathy Fish, Colorado Review (August 2019)

Push Down and TurnTriangle House Review (April 2019)

Origins: “A Stone’s Throw from Home,” JMWW Journal (April 2019)

(Review) Aerialists, by Mark Mayer, Colorado Review (April 2019)

A Review of New Micro: Exceptionally Short Fiction, The Compulsive Reader (October 2018)

(Review) Sherrie Flick’s Thank Your Lucky StarsSmokeLong Quarterly (July 2018)

(Review) No Other Form but This: Nothing Short of 100: Selected Tales from 100 Word StorySmokeLong Quarterly (May 2018)

Remembering Jules Romains’s The Death of a NobodyPloughshares blog (January 7, 2018)

Learning to See Again, with Annie DillardEssay Daily (March 27, 2017)

Lost & Found: Cheryl Pappas on ColetteTin House’s Open Bar) (May 4, 2016)

A Tour through the Pazzi Conspiracy, The Florentine


Smoke and Mirrors: An Interview with Cheryl PappasSmokeLong Quarterly (December 2017)


The Elephant in the Street, Cease, Cows Magazine, Best of the Net 2020

HungerAtlas & Alice, nominated for Best Small Fictions 2020

This Violent and Cherished EarthCleaver Magazine, Best of the Net 2019


1985Ghost Parachute (2021)

2 thoughts on “Publications

  1. Cheryl, I just finished reading the essay, Remembering Jules Romains Death on Ploughshares. Kudos. I was so taken with the essay, I decided to read the book, by chance I could find it with Interlibrary loan. I did. And it’s coming to my neighborhood library. I thought you might be interested in knowing there was a later edition published in English in the ’40’s. I think the librarian said 1944 or thereabouts.

    Our wide-flung family is having a reunion this summer and your essay has prompted me to pester members for stories about Dad who died some years back, a Kansas farmer, and if it’s one thing a Kansas farmer does well, it’s tell stories. I will keep the StoryCorp app open on my phone.

    Thank you. Janet Sunderland

    1. Janet,

      What a kind note! I’m so happy to hear that you tracked down the book because of my essay–and that you’re encouraged to gather stories about your father.

      Thank you, too, for letting me know about that other edition of the novel. You’re right: it’s from 1944, and it was published by Knopf. The translation of the novel is the same but there is a new introduction by Romains. I think I will now have to track that down just for the introduction.

      There’s so much I wanted to write about this book, but I’ll have to take it one essay at a time. I do hope you find as much wonder in the book as I did. It’s a refreshing read.

      Good luck on gathering your stories.

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