Sheryl St. Germain — Songs for a Son: On Lyricism, Addiction, and Recovery
Part of The Pearl Hogrefe Visiting Writer Series 2019-2020
Sheryl St. Germain is the author of several poetry collections including Making Bread at Midnight, How Heavy the Breath of God, The Journals of Scheherazade, Let it Be a Dark Roux: New and Selected Poems, and The Small Door of Your Death. Her nonfiction books include Swamp Songs: The Making of an Unruly Woman, Navigating Disaster: Sixteen Essays of Love and a Poem of Despair, and, most recently, Fifty Miles. A native of New Orleans, St. Germain has taught at The University of Texas at Dallas, The University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Knox College, Iowa State University, and Chatham University, where she served as Director of the MFA in Creative Writing for 14 years. She is the co-founder and director of the Words Without Walls Program. 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. In 2018, St. Germain was Louisiana Writer of the Year.