MoonSpit Poetry of Insights, Resources, Activism, and Art
MoonSpit Poetry is a blog, information-sharing, activist site revolving around your host, Sheila McMullin. MoonSpit Poetry is a project figuring ways to be empathetic and resourceful human beings.
MoonSpit is feminine grit. My main goal on moonspitpoetry.com is to provide transparency on a feminist poet thinking through things and working out stuff–all in the effort of supporting gender, cultural, and racial equality. I want my poetry and writing to be a space of us learning about us in all of our grace and humiliations. How to overcome prejudice with honor and intellect. To share our triumphs and provide examples of when we failed and tried again to succeed, and so I hope this website can be an extension of this.
If you are interested in collaborating, email me at moonspitpoetry[at]gmail[dot]com.
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.
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.
She currently resides in Los Angeles, CA, where she has apprenticed under Marysia Miernowska at the Gaia School of Healing and Earth Education and is practicing 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 also supports Shout Mouse Press, a writing program and publishing house with a mission to amplify unheard and underrepresented voices. With Shout Mouse she co-edited the collections Humans of Ballou and The Day Tajon Got Shot.
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, McMullin interned at the Library of Congress in the Poetry and Literature Center helping to create easily accessible poetry resources for the public through the LOC database. In 2010, Sheila lived and traveled throughout China teaching English to university students in the Shandong Province. For further information on publications, experience, and awards, please visit the Publications & Readings and C.V. Page.