Thanks for stopping by my Web site. I am a poet, fiction writer, editor, interviewer, and life-long Michigander. A more complete bio is below.
My most recent publication (2021) is The Civil War War, which is a flash fiction/hybrid chapbook. David Jauss wrote of it, "[these are] absurdist flash fictions about men who re-enact the Civil War in real time (!) and the women who refuse to have sex with them."
In 2020 Celery City Chapbooks published Minor Late Empire Diversions (poetry); Etchings Press published my flash fiction chapbook Dissenting Opinion from the Committee for the Beatitudes in 2019, and in 2017 Split Rock Review published my poetry collection, Limits to the Salutary Effects of Upper Midwestern Melancholy, which won the journal's inaugural chapbook award. My previous book Vengeful Hymns (2009) was runner-up for the Society of Midland Authors book of the year award in Poetry.
I've included links to most of these books. If you would like a copy of either The Civil War War or Minor Late Empire Diversions, e-mail me your postal address through the contact link and I'll send you a free copy - as long as they last.
Here are a few links to recordings of a few of my poems, as well as the flash fiction story "The Dauphin," which was featured on NPR's Three-Minute Fiction series and read by Susan Stamberg.
My flash fiction story "The Birth of Exurbia" appears in the journal Making Waves. You can hear me read the story by clicking on this link.
Here's a link to two poems "Playlist" and "Grand Haven, Michigan, Recreates 'A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grand Jatte.'" Both poems appear in my chapbook Limits to the Salutary Effects of Upper-Midwestern Melancholy. A link to order the chapbook is available below the cover image at left.
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. In addition to being a writer, he has also been a communications/public relations professional, bookseller, machinist, apartment painter, and certified HIV counselor. He currently lives in Grand Haven, Michigan, within walking distance of the big lake.