In this latest episode of "In the Sanctuary," our Executive Director, Valerie Gay, has an engaging conversation with author Cheryl Woodruff-Brooks whose passion for writing began as a child and won her a Martha Holden Jennings Essay Scholarship in high school and another essay scholarship from the National Black MBA Association. Cheryl wrote articles for The Weathervane, for Case Western Reserve University,which is her alma mater's school newspaper and has been a contributing writer for Bronze Magazine, a globally successful magazine for women. Additionally, Cheryl participated as a contributing writer in Dr. Simon Bronner’s American Studies column of the American Studies Journal, and The Hershey Story Museum writing articles for the museum’s Curator Column. Cheryl was featured in Currents magazine, which is a Penn State Magazine. Additionally, Cheryl has been involved in speaking engagements discussing the history of Chicken Bone Beach at Rowan University and Atlantic City Historical Museum & Delta Sigma Theta's Harrisburg Chapter. Cheryl served as a panelist with debut writers at the 2017 Hippocampus Writers Conference. Cheryl has been interviewed by several newspapers, radio broadcasts, podcasts and online radio stations, such as iTune's number one podcast show, Thank Me Later. Cheryl is also a professional vocalist, writing songs for her own music projects as well as other artists. Chicken Bone Beach has been nominated for a 2017 Literary Award with the Schomburg Center in New York City.