Tyler Robert Sheldon


Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Author's Bio

TYLER ROBERT SHELDON is the author of six poetry collections including When to Ask for Rain (Spartan Press, 2021), a finalist for the Birdy Poetry Prize; Driving Together (Meadowlark Books, 2018); and Consolation Prize (Finishing Line Press, 2018). He is Editor-in-Chief of MockingHeart Review, and his poetry, fiction, artwork, and criticism have appeared in Dialogue: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Pop Culture and PedagogyThe Los Angeles Review, Pleiades, The Tulane Review, The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and other venues. A Pushcart Prize nominee and recipient the Charles E. Walton Essay Award, he earned his MFA at McNeese State University. He lives in Baton Rouge. View his work at TylerRobertSheldon.com.

Publications & Prizes

When to Ask for Rain (Spartan Press, 2021)
Against the Dark: Road Poems (Stubborn Mule Press, 2019)
Driving Together (Meadowlark Books, 2018)
Consolation Prize (Finishing Line Press, 2018)
Traumas (Yellow Flag Press, 2017)
First Breaths of Arrival (Oil Hill Press, 2016)
Coal City Review
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Louisiana Literature
Midwest Quarterly
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The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature
The Dos Passos Review
Tinderbox Poetry Journal
Prizes won: 

Charles E. Walton Essay Award,

Dickens Project at LSU Essay Prize,

LSU Engaged Educator Distinction,

Robert J. Grover Graduate Scholarship,

AWP Intro Journals Award (nomination),

Pushcart Prize (nomination),

Birdy Poetry Prize (finalist),

Kansas Authors Club Contest for Free Verse Poetry (1st, 2nd, and 3rd place)

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
J.R.R. Tolkien Ursula K. Le Guin William Stafford Amy Fleury Albert Goldbarth Karen Russell Richard Bach Kim Addonizio Richard Hugo Patricia Traxler Allen Ginsberg Claudia Rankine Kai Carlson-Wee Geraldine Brooks Stephen King Marie Howe Art Spiegelman Marjane Satrapi Junji Ito Danielle Corsetto Andy Warner Alison Bechdel Scott McCloud Trina Robbins R. Crumb
What I'm reading now: 
Ninth Street Women: Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell, and Helen Frankenthaler... by Mary Gabriel, The Incomplete Projects by Carl Freedman, Skeleton Crew by Stephen King, Spring Rain by Andy Warner, The Kitchen Sink by Albert Goldbarth

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Born in: 
Wichita, KS
Raised in: 
Hutchinson, KS
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Last update: Aug 17, 2022