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writer, editor, critic

Tyler Robert Sheldon is an American poet, writer, educator, editor, and critic. He is the author of the full-length poetry collection Driving Together (Meadowlark Books, 2018) and the chapbooks Consolation Prize (Finishing Line Press, 2018), Traumas (Yellow Flag Press, 2017), and First Breaths of Arrival (Oil Hill Press, 2016), and with James Benger is the coauthor of Against the Dark: road poems (Stubborn Mule Press, 2019). Sheldon is the Editor-in-Chief of MockingHeart Review, and he is also a book reviewer for various print and online publicationsHis poetry, fiction, artwork, and reviews have appeared in The Los Angeles ReviewQuiddity International Literary JournalThe Tulane Review, The Midwest QuarterlyPleiades, The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, Coal City Review, Tinderbox Poetry JournalThe Prairie Journal of Canadian Literature, Entropy Magazine, Thorny LocustThe Big Nasty Press, and other places.


Sheldon has received the Charles E. Walton Essay Award and nominations for the Pushcart Prize and the AWP Intro Journals Award. He is listed on the Poets & Writers Directory and The Map of Kansas Literature. The American Press and The Emporia Gazette profiled Driving Together in the summer of 2018. His work is also archived in the Kansas Studies Collection at Washburn University. 


Read some of his writing here, and see his work as an editor and reader at MockingHeart Review, Veterans Voices Magazine, and Heartland!


Sheldon holds an A.S. in Psychology from Hutchinson Community College as well as a B.A. and an M.A. in English from Emporia State University, where he won awards for his academic and literary work. He also holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from McNeese State University, where he taught English Composition. Sheldon is currently a Ph.D. student in English at Louisiana State University.


Sheldon has taught English at the college level in both Kansas and Louisiana, and is a certified Master Level English & Writing Tutor through the College Reading and Learning Association. His research interests include composition, pedagogy, rhetoric, poetry and poetics, literary theory, linguistics, memoir, the graphic novel, Beat and dystopian literature, and Holocaust studies. 


He lives in Louisiana with his spouse, muse, and creative partner, the visual artist Alexandria Arceneaux. He enjoys playing guitar, wheel-throwing, printmaking, walking sandbars, kayaking, and attending art openings and poetry readings as often as possible.

Photos © Alex Arceneaux (portrait),  Festival of Words LA (poetry reading), and Tyler Robert Sheldon

(Traumas copies, Underwood and Smith-Corona Electra 110 typewriters, Martin LXM). Traumas cover art © J. Bruce Fuller.

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