Shared from the 6/3/2018 American Press eEdition

McNeese student has book published


“Driving Together,” by Tyler Robert Sheldon, is published by Meadowlark Books in Emporia, Kan.



McNeese State University Master of Fine Arts student Tyler Robert Sheldon has had his poetry collection, “Driving Together,” published by Meadowlark Books in Emporia, Kan.

Sheldon, originally from Hutchinson, Kan., is a second-year graduate student in the MFA creative writing program. He has a Master of Arts in English from Emporia State University.

“The McNeese MFA program has helped me understand how to write from a multitude of perspectives and through the lens of a very different locale,” Sheldon said.

“The professors here — Amy Fleury, Christopher Lowe, Keagan Lejeune and others — have been very supportive of my work and have encouraged me to step outside my comfort zone.”

“Driving Together” comprises 46 poems that explore coming of age in the American Midwest, the death of a sibling, relationships and marriage, and Sheldon’s search for identity through the roles of guitarist, writer and teacher.

Allison Joseph, author of “Confessions of a Barefaced Woman,” said of the collection, “(Sheldon) writes frequently of an overlooked Midwestern state — Kansas — and a storied Southern one — Louisiana — with an exacting eye for detail and a sense of earned wonder.”

Sheldon received the 2016 Charles E. Walton Essay Award at Emporia and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the Association of Writers & Writing Programs Intro Journals Award. His poetry, fiction and reviews have appeared in The Los Angeles Review, The Midwest Quarterly and Quiddity International Literary Journal. He is also the author of the chapbooks “Consolation Prize,” “Traumas” and “First Breaths of Arrival.”

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