by George J. Dance

Peter Cherches

Peter Cherches. Courtesy Vimeo.

Peter Cherches (born March 8, 1956) is an American writer, food blogger, and occasional singer.[1]


Cherches lives in Brooklyn, New York City.[2] He grew up in the Midwood section of Brooklyn, and attended Midwood High School. He earned a B.A. in English and an M.F.A. in Creative writing from Brooklyn College, and a Ph.D. in American studies from New York University.[1]

His writing has appeared in the anthologies Poetry 180 and Up Is Up, But So Is Down: New York's downtown literary scene, 1974-1992, and in a wide range of magazines and journals, including Harper’s, Semiotext(e), Transatlantic Review, Fiction International, and Bomb.[3]

Sonorexia, the avant-vaudeville music-performance group he co-led with Elliott Sharp in the 1980s, appeared at such legendary venues as The Mudd Club and CBGB.[3]


His writings can be classed as either minimalist fiction or prose poetry; Publisher's Weekly calls them "pieces [that] linger in the void somewhere between poetry and prose."[4]


Cherches is a 2-time recipient of New York Foundation for the Arts fellowships in creative non-fiction.[3]

Billy Collins included Cherches' poem "Lift Your Right Arm" in his 2003 anthology, Poetry 180.[5]


  • Typewriters. privately published, 1981.
  • Snacks: Prose poems and midget fictions. New York: Gegenschein, 1981.
  • Bagatelles. . New York: Benzene Editions, 1981.
  • Unfamiliar Tales. New York: Purgatory Pie Press, 1982.
  • Colorful Tales. New York: Purgatory Pie Press, 1983.
  • Monrian-tac-toe. New York: Purgatory Pie Press, 1984.
  • Condensed Book. New York: Benzene Editions, 1986.
  • Between a Dream and a Cup of Coffee. New York : Red Dust, 1987.
  • Lift Your Right Arm. Claremont, CA: Pelekinesis, 2013.
  • Autobiography without Words. Claremont, CA: Pelekinesis, 2017.

Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[6]

Audio / videoEdit

Be Lee.

Be Lee..Peter Cherches

  • It's Uncle (with Elliott Sharp, Lee Feldman, Katie O'Looney, & Sonorexia; musical cassette). New York: Zoar Records, [198-][6]
  • Mercerized! Songs of Johnny Mercer. Peter Cherches, 2016.[7]

See alsoEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 About Peter Cherches, Facebook. Web, Sep. 27, 2016.
  2. Notes, "Compassion," New Flash Fiction Review. December 9, 2014. Web, Sep. 23, 2016.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 About me - Peter Cherches, Word of Mouth. Blogspot, Web, Sep. 23, 2016.
  4. Links to my Online Publications, Peter Cherches Online Publications. Blogspot, Web, Sep. 23, 2016.
  5. "Lift Your Right Arm," Poetry 180, Poetry and Literature, Library of Congress. Web, June 15, 2018.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Search results = au:Peter Cherches, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, June 15, 2018.
  7. Mercerized: Songs of Johnny Mercer, Web, June 15, 2018.

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