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Individual Author Record

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Name:  Sheryl St. Germain  

Pen Name: None


Born: 1954 in New Orleans

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Taught at Knox College 1994-1998.

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Titles At Your Library

Going Home (Perivale Poetry Chapbooks, Number 3)
ISBN: 0912288299

Perivale Press. 1989

The mask of Medusa (Women writers chapbook)
ISBN: 0893044318

Cross-Cultural Communications. 1989

Making Bread at Midnight
ISBN: 094172087X

Slough Pr. 1992

Book by St Germain, Sheryl

How Heavy the Breath of God (Texas Poets, No 5)
ISBN: 0929398688

University of North Texas Press. 1994

These poems celebrate and consecrate the physical world, moving from exotic to familiar locations, from the jungles of Ecuador and Mayan ruins in Central America to the rural lands and flooding creeks of Texas.

Swamp Songs
ISBN: 0874807433

University of Utah Press. 2003

New Orleans native St. Germain (English, Iowa State U.) shares personal essays about her hometown and the surrounding swampland, and losses in her own life and community. She incorporates what she sees as aspects of the Deep South the power of water, a love of the sensuous, a sense of the dramatic, dysfunctional family life, and having "a highly evolved sense of tragedy and, out of a need for survival, humor." Some of the essays appeared previously in various journals. Annotation (c) Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (


The American Literary Review, Poetry Award, 1990

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