Marc J. Sheehan

Marc J. Sheehan

Limits to the Salutary Effects of Upper-Midwestern Melancholy forthcoming in 2017

Selected Works

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

Welcome

Thanks for stopping by my Web site. Later this year Sprit Rock Review will publish my most recent collection of poems, Limits to the Salutary Effects of Upper Midwestern Melancholy, which won the journal's inaugural chapbook award. My previous book Vengeful Hymns,was runner-up for the 2010 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. Two poems from Limits to the Salutary Effects of Upper Midwestern Melancholy are available - both in text and as audio files of my reading them - at the link below.

In 2012 the novelist Brad Meltzer selected 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.

Biography
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. Most of the poems in Limits to the Salutary Effects of Upper Midwestern Melancholy are set in the state, especially along the Lake Michigan shoreline.