Cheryl Savageau

Massachusetts, United States

Member Since: 04/29/2017

Cheryl Savageau is the author of three collections of poetry, Mother/Land, Dirt Road Home, which was a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize and nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and Home Country.  She has won Fellowships in Poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Artists Fellowship Program, and has been twice nominated for Pushcart Prizes.  Her children’s book, Muskrat Will Be Swimming, was a Smithsonian Notable Book and won the Skipping Stones Award. She has held three residencies at the MacDowell Colony.  Her work has appeared in AGNI, The Massachusetts Review, Yellow Medicine Review, Cape Cod Review, Indiana Review, River Styx, Hinchas de Poesia, Pentimento.  Her work appears in An Ear to the Ground, Poetry Like Bread, The Eye of the Deer, Living in Storms, and other anthologies and is forthcoming in Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology, University of Georgia Press (Fall 2017.)  

Savageau won the Mentor of the Year award from Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers.  She works with Gedakina, a New England Native organization, offering community readings, and workshops for Native women and girls.  She worked as a writer in the Massachusetts Artists-in-the-schools program for eight years.  She currently edits the online journal Dawnland Voices 2.0 and teaches writing workshops.  She has just completed a memoir.


  • Mother/Land , Earthworks/SALT (2006)
  • Dirt Road Home , Curbstone Press (1996)
  • Home Country , Alice James Press (1992)
  • Sovereign Erotics (anthology) , University of Arizona Press (2011)
  • French Connections: A Gathering of Franco-American Poets , Louisiana Literature Press (2007)
  • Yellow Medicine Review (October 2016)
  • Cape Cod Review (May 2017)
  • Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology , University of Georgia Press - forthcoming 2018
  • The Eye of the Deer , Aunt Lute Books (1999)
  • Poetry Like Bread , Curbstone Press (1994)
  • An Ear to the Ground , University of Georgia Press (1989)


  • Paterson Poetry Prize Finalist(1996)
  • Pushcart Prize Nomination(2012)
  • National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship(1993)
  • Fellowship Massachusetts Artists Foundation(1990)
  • Smithsonian Notable Children's Book(1996)
  • Skipping Stones Award(1997)
  • Pulitzer Prize Nomination(1996)


  • Ediitor at Dawnland Voices 2.0 (August 2015 - April 2017)
  • Writer and Artist/Educator at Gedakina (April 2007 - July 2015)
  • Writing Faculty at Goddard College MFA program (June 1996 - June 1997)
  • Writer in the Schools at Massachusetts Artist-in-the-Schools Program (September 1984 - June 1992)
  • Visiting Professor at University of New Mexico (August 1998 - May 1999)
  • Adjunct Faculty at Holy Cross College (September 1994 - May 1996)
  • Adjunct Faculty at Clark University, Worcester, MA (September 1995 - 1996)
  • Writing Teacher/Coach/Editor at Self-Employed (January 2012 - May 2017)


  • Bachelor of Arts in English and Philosophy from Clark University, Worcester MA (May 1978)
  • Master of Arts in English/American Studies ABD from University of Massachusetts Amherst (2001)

Genres of Interest

Fiction, Creative nonfiction, Playwriting, Screenwriting, Children's literature , Poetry