Cheryl Savageau

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Cheryl Savageau


Savageau is of Abenaki and French descent.[1]

She was a founding member of Oak and Stone Storytellers, a storytelling group who told stories in concert to adults as well as to children in schools and libraries.[2][failed verification]

Her children's book, Muskrat Will Be Swimming, was a Smithsonian Notable Book (1996), won the Skipping Stones Award for children's Environmental Books (1997), and the Best Children's Book Award (1997), from Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers.[3]

For her work mentoring young and beginning writers, she was awarded Mentor of the Year from Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers (1998).[4][failed verification]

Also a visual artist, she has exhibited her quilts,[5] paintings and other works.[6] [7]



  • Home Country. Farmington, Maine: Alice James Books. 1992. ISBN 9780914086949.
  • Dirt Road Home. Willimantic, Conn.: Curbstone Press. 1995. ISBN 9781880684306.
  • Mother/Land. London: Salt Publishing. 2006. ISBN 9781844712694.[8]

Children's books[edit]

Muskrat Will Be Swimming. Rising Moon. 1996. ISBN 9780873586047.

Anthology contributions[edit]

  • Melissa Tuckey, ed. (2018). Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology. University of Georgia Press. ISBN 9780820353159.
  • Dawnland Voices. Lincoln, Neb.: University of Nebraska Press. 2014. ISBN 9780803246867.
  • Living in Storms. Tom Schram, ed. Eastern University Press, 2008.
  • French Connections: A Gathering of Franco-American Poets. Christine Gelineau, ed. Louisiana Literature Press, 2007.
  • New Directions Reading, Writing, and Critical Thinking. Peter S. Gardner,ed. Cambridge University Press, New York, 2005.
  • Approaching Literature in the 21st Century. Peter Schakel and Jack Ridl, eds. Bedford/St. Martin's Press, Boston. 2005.
  • Connections: Reading and Writing in Cultural Contexts. Judith A. Stanford, ed. Rivier College, Mayfield Publishing, Calif. 2001.
  • My Home As I Remember It. Native Women in the Arts Press, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 1999.
  • The Eye of the Deer. Carolyn Dunn Anderson and Carol Comfort, eds. Aunt Lute Books, 1999.
  • Poetry Nation. Regie Cabico and Todd Swift, eds. Véhicule Press, Montréal, Canada, 1999.
  • Identity Lessons: Learning American Style. Maria Mazziotti Gillan and Jennifer Gillan, eds. Viking Penguin, 1999.
  • Approaching Poetry: Perspectives and Responses. Peter Schakel and Jack Ridl, eds. St. Martin's Press, 1997.
  • Through the Kitchen Window. Arlene Arvakian, ed. University of Massachusetts, Spring, 1997.
  • Durable Breath. John E. Smelcer and D.L. Birchfield, eds. Salmon Run Press, 1994.
  • Two Worlds Walking. Diane Glancy and C.W. Truesdale, eds. New Rivers Press, 1994.
  • Returning the Gift. Joseph Bruchac, ed. Greenfield Review Press, 1994.
  • Poetry Like Bread Martín Espada, ed. Curbstone Press, 1994.
  • An Ear to the Ground. Marie Harris and Kathleen Aguero, eds. University of Georgia Press, 1989.

Poetry from Sojourner: A Feminist Anthology. Ruth Lepson, ed. University of Illinois Press, Urbana, Illinois. 2004 Sunken Garden Poetry. Brad Davis, ed. Wesleyan University Press, Middletown, Ct. 2012

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Senier, Siobhan (September 2014). Dawnland Voices. University of Nebraska Press. p. 313. ISBN 9780803246867.
  2. ^ An Ear to the ground : an anthology of contemporary American poetry. Harris, Marie., Aguero, Kathleen. Athens: University of Georgia Press. 1989. pp. 333. ISBN 0820311227. OCLC 18560793.CS1 maint: others (link)
  3. ^ "Cheryl Savageau". Dawnland Voices. 2018-05-01. Retrieved 2019-03-04.
  4. ^ My home as I remember. Maracle, Lee., Laronde, Sandra. Toronto: Natural Heritage Books. 2000. pp. 63. ISBN 9781554882366. OCLC 649903662.CS1 maint: others (link)
  5. ^ "Cheryl Savageau". "We're Still Here": Contemporary Indigenous New England Artists. University of New Hampshire. Archived from the original on 20 November 2008. Retrieved 14 March 2013.
  6. ^ "Cheryl Savageau". "Invisible/Visible": Emerging Contemporary New England Native American Art. University of New Hampshire. Archived from the original on 15 April 2013. Retrieved 14 March 2013.
  7. ^ "Dirt Road Home by Cheryl Savageau". Retrieved 2019-03-04.
  8. ^ Siobhan Senier (Fall 2010). "'All This / Is Abenaki Country': Cheryl Savageau's Poetic Awikhiganak". Studies in American Indian Literatures. 3. 22 (3): 1–25. doi:10.1353/ail.2010.0013. Savageau's newest book, Mother/Land, appeared in 2006 in Salt Publishing's Earthworks series, edited by Janet McAdams; this will put her even more visibly in the company of such esteemed poets as Carter Revard, Diane Glancy, and Heid Erdrich.

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