Marc J. Sheehan

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Thanks for stopping by my Web site. Ashland Poetry Press has released my second collection of poems, Vengeful Hymns, which won their Richard Snyder Prize. The book also was runner-up for the Society of Midland Authors book of the year award in Poetry - the award was won by Jim Harrison for his book In Search of Small Gods. Please feel free to e-mail me through the Contact tab above.

Also, many thanks to novelist Brad Meltzer for selecting my short story “The Dauphin” as winner of National Public Radio’s Three-Minute Fiction contest. You can access the story and hear Susan Stamberg reading it on this podcast from Weekend All Things Considered, available at the link below.

The poet, fiction writer and editor Marc J. Sheehan is a life-long Michigan resident. He has earned degrees from Western Michigan University, Central Michigan University and the University of Michigan, where he received a Major Hopwood Award in Poetry. His honors also include grants from the Michigan Council for the Arts and Humanities, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He has served as Writer Center Coordinator at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids, and has reviewed books for both the Lansing Capital Times and On the Town. As a member of the Michigan literary community, he has arranged readings for writers including Ben “Rivethead” Hamper and Carolyn Forche; interviewed Jim Harrison and Michael Moore; and reviewed books by Janet Kauffman, Dan Gerber and others. Many of the poems in Vengeful Hymns are set in the state, especially along the Lake Michigan shoreline.

Selected Works

"These are poems full of good will, humor, but also exacting detail."
–Laura Kasischke
"Greatest Hits is a powerful and welcome debut."
–Thomas Lynch