the cherita
your storybook journal

The fifth edition of the cherita has now launched.

Five editions of the cherita have now launched and are all online.

let it rain and when i can’t sleep [two volumes] are our current fifth edition.

You will be able to read all five editions of the cherita  online. 

telling a story is our inaugural edition, followed by no sat-nav … no map … no regrets our second edition, find me and where the river bends [two volumes] is our third edition, followed on by be amazed our fourth edition. All four previous editions can be read and re-discovered on our archives page.




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 Editor of the cherita

​ai li – creator of cherita


Godfather of the cherita

Larry Kimmel – godfather of the cherita and former co-editor


You can find more information about our editor and Larry Kimmel on our origins, biographies and bibliography pages.


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