Jacqui Germain is a St. Louis-based poet and freelance writer who believes deeply in denim and pointy fingernails. She is currently a 2019 Artist Fellow with the Regional Arts Commission, in addition to serving as Poetry Editor for december magazine, contributing writer for theSTL.com, and Arts and Culture contributing writer for ALIVE Magazine. Germain has received fellowships from Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, the Poetry Foundation’s Emerging Poets Incubator, Jack Jones Literary Arts.
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. As a freelance journalist, her articles and essays have been published in The Nation, Pacific Standard, NOISEY, The New Inquiry, The Establishment, St. Louis Magazine, and elsewhere. Her work explores a number of different critical conversations and offers original reporting and fresh commentary on pop culture, relevant political and cultural dialogue, current events, 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 blind spots and is constantly striving to sharpen her analysis of the world around her.