Author to read from her work Oct. 16 at Gettysburg College

GETTYSBURG, Pa. - Gettysburg College's Writing House will sponsor a reading by author Sheryl St. Germain Oct. 16.

The 8 p.m. reading will take place in the College Union Building Junction. A reception will follow the reading, which is free and open to the public. St. Germain's books will be available for purchase. This event is sponsored by the English department, Events Planning and Coordinating Committee, Residence Life and "The Gettysburg Review." The Writing House is a theme house on the Gettysburg College campus designed for students who share a common interest in writing.

A native of New Orleans, St. Germain has taught creative writing at the University of Texas at Dallas, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Knox College and Iowa State University. She currently directs the MFA program in Creative Writing at Chatham University in Pittsburgh where she also teaches poetry and creative nonfiction. She is the author of a memoir, "Swamp Songs: The Making of an Unruly Woman," as well as five books of poetry: "Going Home," "The Mask of Medusa," "Making Bread at Midnight," "How Heavy the Breath of God" and "The Journals of Scheherazade." She has also published a book of translations of the Cajun poet Jean Arceneaux, Je Suis Cadien. Her most recent book is "Let it Be a Dark Roux: New and Selected Poems," published by Autumn House Press in 2007.

St. Germain has written often of the way Louisiana has shaped her writing and her life. "I've come to understand Louisiana waters," she says in Swamp Songs, "as the ink that gives my words body." Her work has been honored with 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.

Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with approximately 2,600 students. It is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania. The college was founded in 1832.

Posted: Sun, 28 Sep 2008

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