Jeri Theriault, of French Canadian heritage, grew up in Waterville. Her father’s father came to Maine from Quebec in the early 20th century, “No wonder my father spoke French almost exclusively until he went into the Marines at age 18!” Theriault has three chapbooks, the latest of which, In the Museum of Surrender won the 2013 Encircle chapbook contest. Her full-length collection Radost, My Red was released in July 2016 by Moon Pie Press. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies including The Beloit Poetry Journal, The Atlanta Review, Rhino, The Paterson Literary Review and Off the Coast. A three-time Pushcart Prize nominee and a Fulbright recipient, she holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She lives in South Portland.