Jacqui Germain


Jacqui Germain is a published poet and journalist with a consistent but manageable love affair with oxford commas. She previously worked as a staff writer for Teen Vogue, and has original reporting, profiles, and commentary published in Artsy, The Nation, The Guardian, and elsewhere. Her first full-length poetry collection, Bittering the Wound, won the 2021 Center for African American Poetry & Poetics Prize and was published in 2022. Though she openly dislikes Imo’s (egad!), she’s incredibly grateful to have found a home in such a brave, generous, complicated city. Learn more at jacquigermain.com.

Jacqui Germain



With Ope Outdoors, Juno Musonda is spreading love for the Midwest’s parks and natural attractions through merchandise, park cleanups and…

Creating Space

At Heydays HQ, Keisha Mabry Haymore provides the space and support for women and founders of color to create, collaborate…

Shaping the Soundtrack of St. Louis

Hometown hip hop legend DJ Kut reflects on the role he's played in the region's music scene.

DJ Kut

Oasis in the Food Desert

Link Market’s new community stores in St. Louis could become the model for other cities tackling food insecurity.

Link Market founder Jeremy Gross

‘Round and ‘Round

For 50 years, Mathew and Niah Foggy have built community while circling the roller rink at Skate King.

Man and woman standing at skate rental counter

Spilling the Beans

Estie Cruz-Curoe’s Cuban-style black beans at del Carmen Foods are filling a delicious niche in the St. Louis food scene.

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Call of the Wild

For Kari Musgrave, honing her veterinary skills at the world-class Saint Louis Zoo is a dream come true.

portrait of st. louis veterinarian

Midwest Millennials

Post-grads are learning that St. Louis’s low cost of living means more money for business and leisure.

T-rex building

Moving Forward

Historic St. Louis gems are earning new appreciation for marrying the past with the future.

Art in Motion

Through the Justice Fleet, Amber Johnson empowers people to heal.