Work History

Work History
1994 - Present

Freelance Writer, Editor, Presenter, Educator

Doe Rae Media
• I write freelance articles, essays, short stories and poetry for magazines, newspapers, websites and books. • Ghost-writer, editor, copyeditor and proofreader for fiction and non-fiction books, screenplays, magazines and other publications. In addition, I write and edit promotional materials, including websites, book jackets and press releases. Titles include Colorblind; Dying: Finding Comfort and Guidance in a Story of a Peaceful Passing; Law of Attraction: The Science of Attracting More of What You Want and Less of What You Don't; Save Your Hands: Injury Prevention and Ergonomic Solutions for Manual Therapists; Watermark: The Disaster That Changed the World and Humanity 12,000 Years Ago. • My articles and essays have appeared in hundreds of magazines, including Absinthe Literary Review, The American Journal of Nursing, Curve, Delicious Living, Eclectica, Imbibe, Juked, McSweeney’s,, Oregon Home and Salon. • My stories, essays and poems have been published in more than one hundred books, including Best American Erotica; Best Bondage Erotica; Best Gay Romance; Best Lesbian Erotica; Best Lesbian Romance; Bitten; Blood Fruit: Queer Horror; Dirty Girls; Hint Fiction; Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica; The Essential Hip Mama; Voicecatcher; Women.Period and Writing the Life Poetic. • Worked as a poetry reviewer for the American Journal of Nursing and 42Opus, as a fiction editor for Clean Sheets, and as a member of Poetry Northwest’s editorial advisory board. • I’ve taught classes and presented workshops on writing, photography and desktop publishing at The Attic Writers’ Workshop, Clark College, CoffeeFest, The Northwest Journalism Conference, Oregon Writers' Colony, Portland State University, Saturday Academy and the Specialty Coffee Association of America.
2003 - 2009

Managing Editor

Roast magazine

• Edited, re-wrote and proofread all articles for this award-winning, international bi-monthly publication targeting specialty coffee roasters and roaster/retailers.

• Worked with guest writers (many of whom had no formal training in writing) to outline, organize and refine articles.

• Wrote regular features, columns and articles and assisted with copywriting, advertising and editorial layout.

• Promoted the publication and brand by attending conferences and events around the world, offering classes and presentations, writing and sending press releases, submitting to editorial and layout contests, and giving interviews.

2001 - 2003

Managing Editor

Nervy Girl Magazine
•One of the founders of this award-winning monthly woman’s magazine. • Wrote and edited articles, planned editorial content and direction. • Managed a team of writers, editors and copyeditors. • Assisted with editorial and advertising layout.

A Little More About Shanna

Shanna Germain is many things. First and foremost, she is a leximaven of the highest order, exploring her love of the written word through a multitude of formats and styles. She also claims the titles of (in no particular order):  girl geek, wanderlust-er, avid walker and biker, tree kisser and fern hugger, book-nerd and She Who Fears Spiders. 

With a whole lot of writing years under her belt, Shanna’s poems, essays, short stories, novellas, articles and more have found homes in hundreds of magazines, newspapers, books and websites. She’s even garnered an award here and there, including a Pushcart nomination, the Rauxa Prize for Erotic Poetry and the C. Hamilton Bailey Poetry Fellowship. She keeps her ego in a tiny glass jar and feeds it drops of sea water and baby crickets so that it won’t outgrow its cage.


• More than 15 years of experience writing, ghostwriting, editing, publishing and promoting feature and how-to articles, profiles, press releases, marketing copy, magazines, short stories, essays, poems, non-fiction books, novellas and novels.

• Well-versed in editorial management, copyediting, fact checking and proofreading.

• Strong technical command of the English language; familiarity with virtually all writing styles; serious commitment to excellence in the printed and published word.

• Competent researcher, interviewer, reporter, educator, marketer and promoter.

• Proficient in Word, Excel, FileMaker, Photoshop, InDesign, Quark, PageMaker, iPhoto and most social network and blogger programs, including Wordpress, Facebook, MySpace and Twitter. Experienced with a wide variety of additional media and Internet programs, including video blogging, podcasting, and basic HTML and CSS.

Awards & Accolades

•Pushcart Prize Nominee, 2008

• Recipient of the 2008 Rauxa Prize for Erotic Poetry • Recipient of the C. Hamilton Bailey Poetry Fellowship from Literary Arts in 2004. • Stories have won or placed in various writing contests, including Oregon Writers Colony. • Roast received nine American Society of Business Press Editors awards. • Roast was a finalist for five Maggie awards. • Roast was named Best New Educational Product 2004 by the Specialty Coffee Association of America. • Nervy Girl received the Utne Reader award for Best New Publication in 2002.