Norman German

A Savage Wisdom by Norman German




I have published articles on Nathaniel Hawthorne, Hemingway, Ralph Ellison,Zora Neale Hurston, Ray Carver, James Dickey, and other important American writers.


My short stories have been featured in leading literary magazines such as Shenandoah and The Virginia Quarterly Review, as well as commercial venues, including Salt Water Sportsman and Sport Fishing.


My novels include the prize-winning historical novel No Other World, which is set in antebellum Louisiana; Switch-Pitchers, a baseball novel; and A Savage Wisdom, an imaginative reconstruction of the life of the only woman executed in Louisiana's electric chair.







PhD, University of Louisiana, Lafayette. MA, University of Texas. BA, McNeese State University.



Switch-Pitchers. St. Augustine, FL: Bluewater Press, 2010.

A Savage Wisdom. Thibodaux, LA: Thunder Rain Publishing, 2008.

No Other World. Thibodaux, LA: Blue Heron Press, first edition, 1992; second edition, 2000. (First Prize, Deep South Writers Contest, 1991.)


The Liberation of Bonner Child. Huntington, WV: Aegina Press, 1992.


Short Stories:
“Controlled Burn.” Sport Fishing 21.7 (July/August 2006): 48, 50, 52.


“Merger Talks.” Shenandoah 56.1 (Spring 2006): 108-119.

“Call Forwarding.” Salt Water Sportsman (June 2004): 152, 148-150.


“Sportfishing with Cameron.” Salt Water Sportsman (October 2003): 140, 122-3, 126, 128.


“Dead Dog Lying.” The Virginia Quarterly Review 78.4 (Autumn 2002): 710-27.


“The Arrow That Never Came Down.” Louisiana Life (March/April 1991): 89-95. Featured on the cover of the Tenth Anniversary Issue.


“The Threshold of Plenty.” Sou'wester 18.2 (Winter 1990-91): 63-77. Nominated for a Pushcart Prize.


“Sportfishing with Cameron.” Wide Awake in the Pelican State. Ed. Ann Brewster Dobie. Baton Rouge: LSU Press, 2006. The anthology includes “twenty-one of the finest modern writers who claim Louisiana as home,” including Tim Gautreaux, Ernest Gaines, and Pulitzer Prize winners Robert Olen Butler, Shirley Ann Grau, and Richard Ford.


“Physical and Social Laws in Ray Carver's 'Popular Mechanics.'” Reprinted in Expository Composition: Discovering Your Voice. St. Paul, MN: EMC Paradigm Publishing, 2006.


“Rehabilitating Hemingway.” Salt Water Sportsman (January 2005): 151, 124, 126.


“Echoes of Slammed Doors: Resonant Closure in Raymond Carver's Fiction.” Short Story 8.2 (Fall 2000): 86-93. Co-written with Dr. Jack Bedell.


“Counterfeiting and a Two-Bit Error in Zora Neale Hurston's 'The Gilded Six-Bits.'” Xavier Review 19.2 (Fall 1999): 5-15. My photographs of the relevant coins appear on the journal's front cover and in the text.

“Berry, Wendell.” “Hecht, Anthony.” Critical biographical entries in Encyclopedia of American Literature. 1997.


“Sydney Lea.” (Biographical essay on the poet, novelist, and founding editor of New
England Review and Bread Loaf Quarterly.) Dictionary of Literary Biography, vol. 120, 1992, pp. 180-85.


“A Private Brinksmanship in James Dickey's 'Cherrylog Road.'” The Southern Quarterly 30.1 (Fall 1991): 35-41.


“Anthony Hecht: Contemporary Transcendentalist.” Ball State Forum 30.3 (Summer 1989): 46-52.


“The Veil of Words in 'The Minister's Black Veil.'” Studies in Short Fiction 25.1 (Winter 1988): 41-47.


“Imagery in the 'Battle Royal' Chapter of Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man.” CLA Journal 31.4 (June 1988): 394-399.


“Physical and Social Laws in Ray Carver's 'Popular Mechanics.'” Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction 39.4 (Summer 1988): 257-60. Graduate student Jack Bedell contributed to the analysis.


Anthologized Poetry:
“Bone Mouse Sings a Skeleton Song.” A Fine Excess. 2001. Beloit Poetry Journal's 50-
year anthology (1950-2000). My poem appears with those of major British and American poets, including Gwendolyn Brooks, James Dickey, Galway Kinnell, Maxine Kumin, Philip Larkin, W. S. Merwin, Joyce Carol Oates, Sharon Olds, Adrienne Rich, Anne Sexton, Richard Wilbur, William Carlos Williams, etc.


“New World in the Morning.” This Sporting Life: Contemporary American Poems About Sports and Games. Minneapolis: Milkweed Editions, 1987. 2nd edition, 1996. The only book of poetry ever reviewed by Sports Illustrated; includes seven Pulitzer Prize winners. Among the poets are Robert Bly, Ray Carver, Philip Dacey, Donald Hall, Galway Kinnell, Maxine Kumin, and Sharon Olds.


“New World in the Morning,” “Whitey Goes Long,” and “The Space Between Stars.”
Uncommonplace. Ed. Ann B. Dobie. Baton Rouge: LSU Press, 1998. A collection of best poems by living Louisiana poets.


Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Humanities, Southeastern, 2004-2007.


Louisiana Division of the Arts fellowship for distinguished fiction writing, 1998.


President's Award for Excellence in Artistic Activity (Southeastern), 1993.