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Sheryl St. Germain

A native of New Orleans, Sheryl St. Germain is the co-founder and president of the board of Words without Walls. She has taught creative writing at the University of Texas at Dallas, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Knox College, and Iowa State University. She teaches creative nonfiction and poetry and directs the MFA program in creative writing at Chatham University. Her honors include two NEA fellowships, an NEH fellowship, the Dobie-Paisano fellowship, the Ki Davis Award from the Aspen Writers Foundation, and most recently the William Faulkner Award for the personal essay. Her books include Going Home; The Mask of Medusa; Making Bread at Midnight; How Heavy the Breath of God; The Journals of Scheherazade; Let It Be a Dark Roux: New and Selected PoemsJe Suis Cadien, translations of the Cajun poet Jean Arceneaux; and a collection of lyric essays, Swamp Songs: The Making of an Unruly Woman

Words without Walls

Writing workshops in prisons and rehabilitation centers have proven time and again to be transformative and empowering for people in need. Halfway houses, hospitals, and shelters are all fertile ground for healing through the imagination and can often mean the difference for inmates and patients between just simply surviving and truly thriving. It is in these settings that teachers and their...

Words without Walls: Writers on Addiction, Violence, and Incarceration

The Words without Walls teaching guide is designed to accompany the anthology Words without Walls: Writers on Addiction, Violence, and Incarceration. The guide, an ebook available for free download, provides a supplemental curriculum for those who might wish to use the anthology in settings such as prisons, jails, halfway houses, and rehabilitation facilities. The prompts in the guide have...

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