Sheila McMullin: A Poetic Feminist MoonSpit Blog

MoonSpit Poetry of Insights, Resources, Activism, and Art


Sheila McMullin

Curriculum Vitae


Energetic, dedicated activist, artist, and working professional with a diverse background in writing, teaching, editing, and publishing. Organized self-starter who works with minimal direction and enjoys collaborating with others. Strong interpersonal communicator with demonstrated ability to translate passion for social justice, writing, civic engagement, and improving literacy skills into concrete achievements and leadership. Author of daughterrarium (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2017) winner for the First Book Prize chosen by Daniel Borzutzky.



May 2013 Master of Fine Arts, Poetry George Mason University


July 2009 Teaching English as a Foreign Language Certificate, TEFL Institute


May 2008 Bachelor of Arts, Creative Writing Arizona State University
summa cum laude

Honors and Awards:

2016 Winner of the Cleveland State University Poetry Center First Book Prize chosen by Daniel Borzutzky
2016 Pamet River Prize at YesYes Books Semifinalist
2016 Best New Poets Nomination for Maine Ave Fish Market 
2015 Bettering American Poetry Anthology Nomination for Kingman Island, Anacostia Watershed in [AQUA4] Sponsored by Our City Festival
2015 Best of the Net Nomination for Hey, Big Wild (in which Frank buries his hands and clouds Mateo) in Construction Magazine
2015 Finalist Two Sylvia’s Press Chapbook Contest
2015 Semi-finalist Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize
2015 Finalist The Jean Feldman Poetry Prize at the Washington Writers Publishing House with daughterrariums (formerly Like Water)
2015 The Out of the Binders Scholarship, Binder Con Los Angeles, CA
2014 Semi-finalist Two Sylvia’s Press The Russell Prize
2014 Finalist New Delta Review Chapbook Prize with Like Water
2014 Semi-Finalist Black River Chapbook Prize from Black Lawrence Press with Like Water
2013 Finalist Ahsahta Press Chapbook Prize with Like Water
2012-2013 Heritage Fellowship, George Mason University
2012-2013 Research Assistant Grant, George Mason University
2012 Mary Roberts Rinehart Poetry Award for “Ruth’s Book,” George Mason University
2012 Virginia Downs Poetry Award for “Like Water,” George Mason University
2012 Outstanding Feminist Quill, George Mason University Student Media Award
2010-2012 University Teaching Assistant Tuition Award, George Mason University
2008 Cal State Summer Arts Fellowship, Spoken Word and Performance Poetry Workshop

Guest Lectures, Panel Discussions, Community Workshops:

Fall 2017 Arizona State University “Citizen Artist” talk for undergraduate creative writing students.

Fall 2017 Young Women’s Political and Civic Leadership Conference, Breakout Session, USC Unruh Institute of Politics, “From Issues to Action: How to Use Your Voice to Inspire Political Action.”

Summer 2017 Constitution Day at the Reagan Presidential Library, Panelist, CA: “Inspire Youth to Find their Political Voice and Take Action.”

Spring 2017 Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Annual Conference, Moderator, Washington DC: “Not Invisible: Editors of Literary Journals Speak Out on Disability and Building Inclusive Writing Communities.”

Spring 2017 Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Annual Conference, Moderator, Washington DC: “VIDA Voices & Views: Exclusive Interview with Joan Naviyuk Kane, Ada Limon & Alicia Ostriker.”

Fall 2016 Young Women’s Political and Civic Leadership Conference, Panelist, USC Unruh Institute of Politics, “Young Professionals Panel: How You Can Get Involved.”

Spring 2016 Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Annual Conference, Panelist, Los Angeles, CA: “Poems for the Next Generation: Bringing Poetry to Teenagers and Young Adults.”

Summer 2015 The Writer’s Center, Hill Center, Washington D.C., Workshop Leader, “How to Design Your Author Website 101.”

Spring 2015 The Mobile Art Lab Pop-Up, Alexandria, VA, Workshop Leaders, “Erasure and Blackout Poetry Exploration.”

Spring 2014 Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Annual Conference, Panel Moderator and Panelist, Seattle, WA: So You Want to Build a Platform: But What Is It and Why Do You Need One? Women Writers & Editors Speak Out.

Fall 2013 Fall for the Book Literary Festival, Panel Moderator and Panelist,  GMU: “After the M.F.A.

Fall 2012 GMU ENGH 396: Introduction to Creative Writing Poetry Section

Conference Management:

Spring 2016 Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Annual Conference, VIDA: Women in Literary Arts Table Manager, Los Angeles, CA

Summer 2015 The 6th International Comics and Medicine Conference: Spaces of Care, Riverside, CA, Conference Associate

Spring 2015 Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Annual Conference, VIDA: Women in Literary Arts Table Manager, Minneapolis, MN

Spring 2014 Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Annual Conference, Panel Organizer and Moderator, Seattle, WA: “So You Want to Build a Platform: But What Is It and Why Do You Need One? Women Writers & Editors Speak Out.”

Fall 2013 Fall for the Book Literary Festival, Panel Organizer and Moderator,  GMU: “After the M.F.A.

Writing Residencies:

Summer 2015 The Ashbery Home School, New York

Summer 2008 Cal State Summer Arts Program, Spoken Word and Performance Poetry


Community Organizing & Arts Management:

Action Civics LA, an initiative of Mikva Challenge

September 2016-present Program Director

VIDA: Women in Literary Arts 

September 2016-October 2017 Board of Directors
October 2015-October 2016 Managing Editor
February 2015-present Team Lead Women of Color and Intersectionality Survey Teams
October 2014-2015 Assistant Editor
February 2014-October 2014 Web Assistant
Summer 2013- February 2014 Membership Team Intern 

Library of Congress

Fall 2012-Spring 2013 Poetry and Literature Center Intern



Shout Mouse Press

September 2015-May 2017 Story Coach

Humans of Ballou
The Day Tajon Got Shot

The LitPub: Independent Book Publisher

Two Suns by Elizabeth Clark Wessel
The Birds and the Beasts by Andrea Kneeland
The Shape of Blue  by Liz Scheid

District Lit

2015 Outreach and Communications Coordinator

ROAR Magazine: Journal of the Literary Arts

2014-2015 Managing Editor
2013-2015 Contributing Poetry Editor

So To Speak: a feminist journal of language and art

2013-2015 Regular Guest Blogger
2012-2013 Poetry Editor
2011-2013 Blog Editor
2012-2013 Twitter Manager
2011-2012 Assistant Poetry Editor
2010-2011 Poetry Reader

Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing

Spring 2007 Intern for Hayden’s Ferry Review
Spring 2007 Fiction Reader for Hayden’s Ferry Review
Spring 2007 Online Book Club Moderator

Copy Editing:

For Hire

Teaching, Tutoring, and Mentoring:

February 2015-present Story Coach, Shout Mouse Press, Writing Program and Publishing House, Washington D.C.

July 2015 Instructor, WriCampia, Writopia Lab Week-Long Summer Sleep-Away Camp, PA

Winter 2014-Spring 2015 Mentor, Higher Achievement, Middle School Enrichment Program, 8th grade, weekly high school application admissions and prep workshop, Southeast D.C.

Winter 2012-2014 Instructor, Take My Word For It After School Program, 4th-5th grade and Saturday Workshops

Summer 2013-present Instructor, Writopia Lab DC, After-School Program, 3rd-12th grade, weekly summer workshops, Saturday school-year workshops, Washington D.C.

Spring 2011-Spring 2013 Mentor, D.C. Public Schools Professional Development Workshop in Poetry and Argument for Elementary School Teachers

Fall 2012 Instructor, Paul Robeson Saturday Academy Enrichment Program, 8th- 9th grade, Washington D.C.

Spring 2012 Instructor, GMU English Literature, 2 sections, 1 semester

Fall 2011 Instructor, GMU English Composition, 2 sections, 1 semester

Fall 2010-Spring 2011 Tutor, GMU Writing Center

Fall 2010-Sping 2011 Mentor, Tutor High School Writing Center Start-Up with GMU Writing Center

Fall 2009-Spring 2010 Instructor, Shandong University of Science and Technology Speaking and Writing PhD and Graduate Student level English 4 sections, 2 semesters

Fall 2009-Spring 2010 Private English Tutor, Elementary and Business students, China

Spring 2010 Instructor, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Qingdao Offshore Oil Company Division 1 section, 1 semester

Spring 2009 Volunteer, Gang Reduction Intervention Partnership After-School Program, Anaheim Police Department, CA

Spring 2008 Teacher’s Aide, Brdickova Elementary, Prague, Czech Republic

Summer 2006-Spring 2007 Teacher’s Aide, Programs for Talented Youth, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona

Professional Development Courses:

Spring 2012 Pedagogy of Literature, George Mason University

Spring 2011 Pedagogy of Composition, George Mason University

Fall 2011 Mason Military Alliance Program Training Workshop—Veteran and active duty soldiers in the classroom, George Mason University

Spring 2011 Mason Counseling and Psychological Services Faculty Training Online Workshop—Helping at-risk students, George Mason University


Summer 2012-present Medical Narratives, University of California Riverside
Summer 2012 George Mason University MFA Poetry Exam

Technical Skills:

WordPress, Twitter, TweetDeck, basic html, Microsoft Office Suite, Blackboard, PBworks, Adobe Creative Suite

Creative Writing Contest Juror:

2016 Vision of Unity Poetry Contest, Torrence
2013 D.C. Regional Scholastic Writing Awards
2012 Reflections Literary Contest K-2 and 3-5 Arlington Tradition School


Art, Poetry, Travel, Writing, Blogging, Feminism, Education, Publishing, Performance Art, Community Outreach, Animal Rescue

Publications: Click for full list of publications and readings



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