Chatham University

MFA Creative Writing
Faculty and Staff

Sheryl St. Germain
Program Director and Professor

Hometown : New Orleans, LA
Joined Chatham : 2005

Academic Areas of Interest

Poetry; Creative Nonfiction and Essay Writing; Nature, Environmental and Travel Writing; Social Jusitice and Teaching in Alternative Spaces; Writing and Healing

Personal Areas of Interest

Crocheting, gardening, yoga, gaming

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A native of New Orleans, Sheryl St. Germain has taught creative writing at The University of Texas at Dallas, The University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Knox College and Iowa State University. She directs the MFA program in Creative Writing at Chatham University where she also teaches poetry and creative nonfiction. Her work has received several awards, including two NEA Fellowships, an NEH Fellowship, the Dobie-Paisano Fellowship, the Ki Davis Award from the Aspen Writers Foundation, and the William Faulkner Award for the personal essay. Her work has been nominated many times for the Pushcart Prize. 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, published by Autumn House Press. A book of lyric essays, Swamp Songs: the Making of an Unruly Woman, was published in 2003 by The University of Utah Press, and Navigating Disaster: Sixteen Essays of Love and a Poem of Despair, was published by Louisiana Literature in 2012. She has also published a chapbook of translations of the Cajun poet Jean Arceneaux, Je Suis Cadien. She has also co-edited two anthologies, Between Song and Story: Essays for the 21st Century, with Margaret Whitford (Autumn House Press) and Words Without Walls: Writers on Addiction, Violence and Incarceration, with Sarah Shotland (Trinity University Press).