About Cheryl Strayed

Strayed is the author of the, #1 New York Times bestselling memoir, Wild. At age 22, Strayed found herself shattered by two major life events: her mother’s sudden death from cancer and the end of her young marriage. After hitting rock bottom, Strayed decided to confront her emotional pain by trekking over 1,000 miles along the Pacific Crest Trail. Wild tells the amateur hiker’s tale, peppered with the colorful characters she encounters along the way, as she struggles to find inner peace and stability. Cheryl’s story inspired Oprah Winfrey to revive her tremendously popular book club, making Wild its inaugural selection for the launch of Oprah’s Book Club 2.0. The story also inspired producer and actress Reese Witherspoon to bring Wild to the big screen in 2014.

Cheryl’s personal struggles and survivor story motivates and inspires crowds. A dynamic speaker, her moving rhetoric resonates with audiences of all sizes.

Strayed is also the author of The New York Times bestseller Tiny Beautiful Things – based on her widely popular Dear Sugar columns for TheRumpus.net – and the critically acclaimed novel Torch, a finalist for the Great Lakes Book Award.  Her writing has appeared in The Best American Essays, The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post Magazine, Vogue, Allure, The Missouri Review, Creative Nonfiction, The Sun and elsewhere. Her books have been translated into twenty-six languages around the world.

She holds an MFA in fiction writing from Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota. She’s a founding member of VIDA: Women In Literary Arts, and serves on their board of directors.