Sheila McMullin is the author of daughterrarium (2017), winner of the Cleveland State University Poetry Center First Book Prize chosen by Daniel Borzutzky. She is a 2020 Arts for LA Arts Delegate and offers writing workshops and editing services.
As a youth organizer and coach, she co-edited The Day Tajon Got Shot, the Black Lives Matter novel-in-stories written by middle school writers from the Beacon House community center in NE Washington DC, and Humans of Ballou, the non-fiction collection of high school students living in Anacostia who know a different side of Washington DC, both from Shout Mouse Press.
If you are interested in collaborating, email me at sheilamcmullinpoetry [at] gmail [dot] com.
She currently resides in Los Angeles, CA, where she apprenticed under Marysia Miernowska at the Gaia School of Healing and Earth Education. Continuing her community herbalism studies, she is studying herbal medicine for women under Dr. Aviva Romm, renowned Yale-educated M.D. and midwife. She practices sacred plant medicine alchemizing plants into paper.
She has worked as a student success coach for ASU Local, a new program supporting LA students earning their university degrees from Arizona State University and preparing them for life and career beyond college. She formerly directed Action Civics CA, an initiative of Mikva Challenge whose mission it is to empower youth to be informed, active citizens and community leaders, and build a stronger democracy that values youth voice and where leaders reflect the nation’s diversity.
From 2013-2017 she was an active member VIDA: Women in Literary Arts and served on the Board of Directors, co-managing the release of the inaugural 2014 Women of Color Count and co-led the management of the expanded Intersectional VIDA Count survey representing LGBTQI writers, disabled writers, and writers of color from 2016-2017.
She holds her MFA in Poetry from George Mason University where she was the 2012-2013 Heritage Fellow and the poetry editor and blog/twitter manager for So to Speak: a journal of language of art. During her final year at GMU, she interned at the Library of Congress in the Poetry and Literature Center helping to create easily accessible poetry resources for the public through the Library of Congress database. In 2010, Sheila lived and traveled throughout China teaching English to university students in the Shandong Province.
Download a copy of her Curriculum Vitae by clicking here.