Sheryl St. Germain



Originally from New Orleans, award-winning author Sheryl St. Germain has published six poetry books, two collections of essays, and co-edited two anthologies. The Small Door of Your Death, a book of poems about the death of her son from a heroin overdose, appeared in 2018 with Autumn House Press. A collection of essays, Fifty Miles, will appear in 2019 with Etruscan Press. She directs the MFA program in Creative Writing at Chatham University in Pittsburgh.

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9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
State Capitol Building, House Chamber
Louisiana Writer Award Ceremony

10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
State Capitol Building, House Committee Room 1
Retrospective and Introspective: A Conversation with Sheryl St. Germain

11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
State Capitol Building, House Committee Room 1
Book Talk
The Small Door of Your Death

11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Book Signing


The Small Door of Your Death: Poems

This honest and haunting collection of poems follows the loss of the poet’s only son to heroin addiction. St. Germain takes us through the stages of her grief and offers no false promises or simple answers. These narrative-driven poems are a compelling and compassionate look into addiction and the effect it has on a family.


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