Sheryl St. Germain Short  Vita

Selected Publications:


Fifty Miles.  Etruscan Press, forthcoming 2020 (nonfiction).
The Small Door of Your Death. Autumn House Press,  2018 (poetry).
Words Without Walls: Writers on Addiction, Incarceration and Violence, edited Sarah Shotland and Sheryl St. Germain, Trinity University Press, 
Navigating Disaster: Sixteen Essays of Love and a Poem of Despair, Hammond: Louisiana Literature Press, 2012. 
Between Song and Story:  Essays for the Twenty-first Century.  Editor, with   Margaret Whitford, Pittsburgh: Autumn House Press, 2011.
Let it be a Dark Roux:  New and Selected Poems.  Pittsburgh: Autumn House Press, 2007. Second printing 2010.
Swamp Songs:  the Making of an Unruly Woman Salt Lake City:  University of Utah Press, 2003.  (nonfiction)
The Journals of Scheherazade.  Denton: University of North Texas Press, 1996. (poetry)
How Heavy the Breath of God. Denton:  University of North Texas Press, 1994. Second edition, 1995. (poetry)
Making Bread at Midnight. Austin: Slough Press, 1992.  Second edition, with afterward, 1995.  (poetry)
Going Home. Perivale Press, 1989 (chapbook, poetry)
The Mask of Medusa.  Cross Cultural Communications, 1987. (chapbook,  poetry)

Anthologies: Over 50 essays and poems published in anthologies

Literary Journals: Over 200 essays and poems published in literary journals.  A selection:

"The Light of Who We Are," (essay) Iron Horse Literary Review, 2018.
“Fifty Miles,” (essay) The McNeese Review, Vol. 53, 2015-2016.
“The Third Step,” video made by Jonathan Ritz, from my essay published in The
       Fourth Genre.  Screened at AWP 2015 and up on website Spring 2016.
“The Third Step,” (essay) Fourth Genre.  Spring 2014.
“It's Come Undone Crocheting and Catastrophe,” (essay) Under the Gum Tree, 
     October 2013. 
“Interviewing Emily Dickinson,” (essay) Brevity, Summer 2013.
“A Country Where You Once Lived,” (essay) The Sun, January 2012.
“Gardening at Night” (essay) North American Review, Fall 2007.
“Nigger:  Notes from a New Orleans Daughter,” (essay) The Iowa Review 36/1, 
    Spring, 2006.
“Controlling Francois” (essay) Black Warrior Review, “Vol. 28.1, Fall/Winter 2001.
“Flora Stories,” (essay) Prairie Schooner, Spring 2000.

Invited Readings, Workshops and Lectures: over 200, selections below: 

University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2018
Southeastern Louisiana University, 2018
Dogfish Reading Series, New Orleans, 2018
Louisiana Book Festival, Baton Rouge, 2016,2017, 2018
Monroe Community College, Rochester New York, April 2016
Cornelia Street Café, NYC, March 2015
SALIPI, Teresina Brazil, International Book Festival, Reading and talk, May 2014
Mansfield University, April 2014.
University of Pittsburgh, October 2014
Vermillion Art Gallery, Seattle, WA, February 2014
Millsap’s College, MS, February 2013. Reading and panel.
Boston, MA, March 2013.  Emerald Necklace Conservancy.
Numerous Creative Writing workshops in the two Congos, Africa, February 2012

Selected Honors, Awards

Winner, Iron Horse Literary Review Trifecta Contest, "The Light of Who We Are,"
Finalist, Autumn House Poetry Contest for the manuscript “Less a Song Than a Collection of Beats.”
Second Place, Essaying the Body Electric Contest, Welcome Table Press, for “A Country Where You Once Lived,” 2016.
Numerous Pushcart Prize Nominations
“Unforgiven:  How not to Write an Essay,” named a Notable Essay in Best American Essays, 2009.
“Why She Won’t Leave:  My Mother’s Blues,” named a Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2008.
“Bodies of Water,” Special mention, Best American Essays, 2003. 
National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, 1991, 1996.

Teaching and Other Experience:

2005-2019     Professor and Director, MFA Creative Writing Program, Chatham University
2017                  Initiated and developed the Maenad Fellowship program for women in recovery who wish to continue a writing practice.
2010                  Co-founder, Words Without Walls, a program for teaching creative writing in the Allegheny County Jail and Sojourner House,
                          Pittsburgh.  Numerous successful grants written in support of this program from 2010-2017 including NEH Challenge Grant,                                NEA, Pittsburgh and Mellon Foundations.
1998-2005        Assistant and Associate Professor of English, Iowa State University
1994-1998        Assistant Professor of English, Knox College
1991-1994        Assistant Professor of English, University of Louisiana at Lafayette