Skip to Main Content
| Give a Gift |
St. Germain’s work has received several awards, including two NEA Fellowships, an NEH Fellowship, the Dobie-Paisano Fellowship, and the William Faulkner Award for the personal essay. Her poetry books include Going Home, The Mask of Medusa, Making Bread at Midnight, How Heavy the Breath of God, The Journals of Scheherazade., and Let it Be a Dark Roux: New and Selected Poems. She has also published a chapbook of translations of the Cajun poet Jean Arceneaux, Je Suis Cadien. A memoir about growing up in Louisiana, Swamp Songs: the Making of an Unruly Woman, was published in 2003, and she co-edited, with Margaret Whitford, Between Song and Story: Essays for the Twenty-First Century. Her most recent book, Navigating Disaster: Sixteen Essays of Love and a Poem of Despair, was released in September of 2012. She directs the MFA program in Creative Writing at Chatham University.
Catherine Staples grew up in Dover, Massachusetts, spending summers in Virginia and on Cape Cod. She is the author of The Rattling Window (Ashland Poetry Press, 2013) which won the McGovern Prize. Her poems and reviews have appeared in Blackbird, Prairie Schooner, The Southern Review, Commonweal, Third Coast, The Michigan Quarterly Review, Southern Poetry Review, Rattle, Prime Number, and Quarterly West among other magazines. In 2010 her sestina, “Caravaggio’s The Calling of St. Matthew,” won the New England Poetry Club’s Boyle/Farber award and in 2011 judge Carl Dennis chose her poem “Red Rover” for the Southern Poetry Review’s Guy Owen Prize. Her chapbook Never a Note Forfeit (Seven Kitchens Press, 2011) was selected by Betsy Sholl for the Keystone Prize. She teaches in the Honors program at Villanova University.