the cherita
your storybook journal


The fourth edition of the cherita has launched and you can read it on our flipbook page.

You can also read all three editions of the cherita which are now online on our archives page. 

telling a story is our inaugural edition, followed by no sat-nav … no map … no regrets our second edition and find me and where the river bends [two volumes] which is our third edition.


celebrating the 20th anniversary of ai li’s
creation of the cherita 22 june 1997 – 22 june 2017

In June 1997, ai li, the founding editor and publisher of still, moving into breath, dew-on-line, and now the co-editor of the cherita, created a new short form called cherita. You can find more information about the cherita and ai li on our origins, biographies, articles and bibliography pages.


The Original Guidelines

CHERITA [1 — 2 — 3]
[pronounced CHAIR-rita]

Cherita is the Malay word for story or tale. A cherita consists of a single stanza of a one-line verse, followed by a two-line verse, and then finishing with a three-line verse. It can be written solo or with up to three partners.

The cherita tells a story. It was created by ai li on the 22 June 1997 in memory of her grandparents who were raconteurs extraordinaire. It was also inspired by Larry Kimmel’s sensitive recognition of a shorter form contained within the opening three-verse stanza of ai li’s LUNENGA, which had been created on the 27 May 1997.


The Editors of the cherita

​ai li – creator of cherita
Larry Kimmel – godfather to the cherita

You can find more information about our two editors on our origins, biographies and bibliography pages.


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