Jacqui Germain is a St. Louis-based poet and freelance writer who believes deeply in denim and pointy fingernails. Her side hustles include being Poetry Editor for december magazine, and serving as an Arts and Culture contributing writer with ALIVE Magazine, where she crafts feature profiles and interviews celebrating artists, entrepreneurs, and creatives across the Midwest. Germain has received fellowships from Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, and the Poetry Foundation’s Emerging Poets Incubator, in addition to being selected as the 2018 Audre Lorde Fellow for Jack Jones Literary Arts’ annual retreat. Germain is also author of When the Ghosts Come Ashore, published in 2016 through Button Poetry/Exploding Pinecone Press. Her poetry often involves an excavation of history and memory, attempting to challenge linear assumptions of time, progress, power, and experience through an intimate lens.
She was Ploughshares Journal's inaugural feature for their Activist Poet Spotlight Series, and The Blueshift Journal's March 2016 feature poet. She has performed and competed on multiple national and regional stages across the country, in addition to being featured in Huffington Post, St. Louis Public Radio, and on Button Poetry’s YouTube channel. She had the pleasure of coaching Washington University’s slam poetry team to semi-finals at college nationals (CUPSI) in 2016. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming from multiple journals, in addition to Sundress Publication's 2015 Best of the Net Anthology, Crossing the Divide, an anthology of St. Louis poets, The End of Chiraq: A Literary Mixtape, released Spring 2018, and Bettering American Poetry, Volume 3, scheduled to be released Fall of 2018.
As a freelance writer, her essays and articles have been published in The Nation, Broadly, The New Inquiry, The Establishment, Salon, Feministing, Blavity, and elsewhere, exploring a number of different critical conversations and offering original, fresh commentary on pop culture, relevant political and cultural dialogue, and more. With years of experience in student and community organizing, much of her written work explores multi-layered understandings of black, brown, and indigenous wellness and resistance work. She has led hands-on organizing and direct action efforts with student communities around a number of initiatives, supported labor organizing around workers rights and living wage campaigns, and contributed to grassroots organizing during the Ferguson Uprising. She believes everyone has blindspots and is constantly striving to sharpen her analysis of the world around her.
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