Originally from New Orleans and of Cajun and Creole descent, Sheryl St. Germain is a poet and essayist whose work has received numerous awards including two NEA Fellowships and an NEH grant.
Her poetry books include 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 written two memoirs, Swamp Songs: the Making of an Unruly Woman, and Navigating Disaster: Sixteen Essays of Love and a Poem of Despair. She co-edited, with Margaret Whitford, Between Song and Story: Essays for the Twenty-First Century, and with Sarah Shotland Words Without Walls: Writers on Violence, Addiction and Incarceration.
Sheryl directs the MFA program in Creative Writing at Chatham University and is co-founder of the Words Without Walls program. (http://www.wordswithoutwalls.com/)
A poetry collection, The Small Door of Your Death, is forthcoming from Autumn House Press, in 2018. You can find her at http://sheryl-stgermain.com/