Vengeful Hymns won the 2008 Richard Snyder Prize from Ashland University Press. "When a poet this canny and grounded and wry comes out of the heartland, there's good reason for us all to rejoice."
–Elton Glaser, contest judge
"Sheehan brings to life the dreams of working-class youth, in rural hamlets and factory towns, bikers and strippers, the young married and quickly divorced—the dull, inescapable ache of wanting to weep and not having the words."
–Vince Gotera, North American Review