Cherline Bazile


I write coming-of-age narratives about diaspora, relationships, power, and joy. I graduated from Harvard University and received my MFA in Fiction at the University of Michigan’s Helen Zell Writers' Program.

Cherline Bazile


Cherline Bazile is a Haitian American fiction writer from Florida. She graduated cum laude from Harvard University, where she studied English. Cherline was an Artist Fellow at Harvard’s Office of Fine Arts, a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow, a Thouron Prize recipient, and a Hoopes Prize recipient.Cherline attended the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan, where she received her MFA in Fiction. At HZWP, Cherline won three Hopwood awards and was a 2019 Paul & Daisy Soros Fellow. Her fiction has been featured in NPR, The Sewanee Review, Symphony Space Theater, and the Best American Short Stories 2023. Cherline has attended workshops & residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, NY State Summer Writers Institute, and Tin House Summer Workshop. She is based in Philadelphia, PA.

Want to read some of my writing?
Read "Tender" in the Best American Short Stories 2023


"Tender" anthologized in Best American Short Stories 2023 by Min Jin Lee and Heidi Pitlor"Tender" performed on stage for Symphony Space Theater's Selected ShortsNPR's Selected Shorts podcast "I Contain Multitudes" episode. Hosted by Meg Wolitzer, this episode features a recording of "Tender" performed by actor Anna Uzele in parallel with Grace Paley's "The Contest"Tender in the Sewanee ReviewMarginalia: Dodie Smith in the Sewanee ReviewVermont Studio Center feature of novel excerpt, God Hates Black Girls

Want to read some of my writing?
Check out "Tender" in the Sewanee Review, a short story about black girlhood, rivalry, and loneliness.


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