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Sheryl St. Germain

Author's Bio

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.

Publications and Prizes

Swamp Songs: The Making of an Unruly Woman (University of Utah Press, 2003), The Journals of Scheherazade (University of North Texas Press, 1996), How Heavy the Breath of God (University of North Texas Press, 1994), Making Bread at Midnight (Slough Press, 1992), Going Home (Perivale Press, 1990)
5 A.M., Calyx, TriQuarterly

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Listing last updated: June 25, 2013

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Gives readings?
Travels for readings?
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Prefers to work with:
Adults, At Risk Youth
Fluent in:
Spanish, French
Born in:
New Orleans, LA
Raised in:
New Orleans, LA

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