Sheila McMullin: A Poetic Feminist MoonSpit Blog

MoonSpit Poetry of Insights, Resources, Activism, and Art

Writings & Readings

Creative Arts Journals

Poetry

The Ocean State Review, forthcoming
“Beating Belly”
“Proof”

Barrelhouse, The Unintentionally Grim Issue February 2017
“Bad Woman, Sinkhole Variation”

ythmIssue 2 May 2016
“If I Should Rename Myself” 
Podcast

Free State ReviewIssue 6 Summer/Fall 2015 Best New Poets Nominated!
“Maine Ave Fish Market”

AQUA4: (di)VISIONS of water in Washington Sponsored by Our City Festival
Washington, DC, June 2015
Kingman Island, Anacostia Watershed
“Maine Ave Fish Market”

Poets are Present AnthologyShakespeare Theatre Company April 2015
“Paper Trees”

Big Lucks, Vol. 6 January 2015
“Hey, Big Wild (in which Frank Bends and lifts Mateo)”

Construction MagazineJanuary 2015 Best of the Net Nominated!
“Hey, Big Wild (in which Frank buries his hands and clouds Mateo)”
with audio

NAILED Magazine, January 2015
“Bad Woman”
“Keeps Walking, Walks”
“Firelight Meditation”

The Doctor T.J. Eckleburg ReviewNovember 2014
“Bad Woman”

Winter Tangerine ReviewOctober 2014
“My Brother is a Magpie”

The FemSeptember 2014
“Luna Communicate”

Quail Bell Magazine, September 2014
“Apple Tinsel”
“Desert Woman”

Boog City Issue 89  
“Clara’s Book”

The StripNo. 1, 201
“Translated: All is Wisdom”

Lime Hawk Literary Arts Collective No. 1, 2014
“Moon Spit”

A Bad Penny Review, Spring 2014
“daughterrariums I-V”
“Olga’s Book”

 1913: A Journal of Forms  #6, 2013
“Ruth’s Book”

 ROAR Magazine: A Journal of the Literary Arts No. 3, 2013
“Like Water”

 Yew: A Journal of Innovative Writing & Images by WomenDecember 2012
“Hey, Big Wild (in which Frank closes eyes and builds Mateo)”
“Hey, Big Wild (in which Frank opens mouth and sees Mateo)”
“Bitten”

Counterexample Poetics: Assemblage of Experimental Artistry, October 2011
“Misery Grows in Bunches”
“Antumbra”
“Half a Pill”
two from Workbook: Exercises in Homographic Translations

 Gentle Strength Quarterly Autumn 2006
“Postmortem”
“Caleb”

Interviews

VIDA Reads with Writers — Sheila McMullin!VIDA Review, October 2017

Interview with Writer and Editor Sheila McMullin on “The Day Tajon Got Shot” from Shout Mouse Press, Wordgathering September 2017

PEN Center USA Member Profile

Contributor “33 LIFE-CHANGING BOOKS IN HONOR OF INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY: A READING LIST FROM THE STAFF AT VIDA” The Literary Hub

Interview with Sheila McMullin#FemaleGaze: A Nonfiction Literary Review December 2015

Contributor “Young Poets Bare All: What Is a Culture?” by Amy King, Poetry Foundation Harriet Blog August 2015

Featured Friday | Meet Sheila McMullin, The Fem: A Feminist Literary Magazine May 2015

SELFIE INTERVIEW | Sheila McMullinThe Doctor J. Eckleburg Review November 2014

Imaginary Homelands “My Brother is a Magpie” InterviewWinter Tangerine October 2014

Essays

“On Comics and Disability” Reading Loop, Wordgathering: A Journal of Disability Poetry and Literature December 2015

“Spotlight On! Wordgathering” VIDA: Women in Literary Arts May 2015

“Spotlight On! Poem-a-Day” VIDA: Women in Literary Arts October 2014

“Spotlight On! Weave Magazine” VIDA: Women in Literary Arts July 2014

“Spotlight On! Ninth Letter” VIDA: Women in Literary Arts May 2014

“VIDA and How We Can Number Up, Part II” So to Speak: A Feminist Journal of Language and Art web April 2014

“VIDA and Why We Should Number Up, Part I”  So to Speak: A Feminist Journal of Language and Art web April 2014

“The Artist Activist Online” So to Speak: A Feminist Journal of Language and Art web  February 2014

“Final Thoughts from StS’s Poetry and Blog Out-Going Editor, Sheila McMullin” So to Speak: A Feminist Journal of Language and Art web A personal essay on how I understand feminism and equality activism. June 2013

“Ocean Fragments: The Bikini Atoll and Plastic Seas”  HER KIND: A Literary Community Powered by VIDA July 2013 

The Mission” Library of Congress, Poetry and Literature Center From the Catbird Seat  November 2011

So to Speak: A Feminist Journal of Language and Art web collection as Contributing Blog Editor & Staff Writer 2011-2014

Readings

The Current, Chinatown, Los Angeles, November 2017

Lighthouse Reading Series, Cleveland, Ohio, November 2017

A Reading in Venice with Joan Kane, Jennifer Croft, Sheila McMullin, Adrian Quintanar & Michaelsun Knapp, Venice, California, October 2017

Fall for the Book Alumus Reading, Fairfax, Virginia, October 2017

“Sumarr” Reading Series, Los Angeles,California, September 2017

“Non-Standard Lit” San Diego,California, August 2017

AWP daughterrarium book launch reading with Cleveland State University Poetry Center and Rescue Press, Washington DC, February 2017

“Jubilant Thicket” Philadelphia, PA, September 2015

“Big Lucks & Split Lip Present Summerfade” Washington D.C. August 2015

 “Aqua4: (di)Visions of Washington Water” Sponsored by Our City Festival,
Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Library’s Great Hall, Washington D.C. June 2015

“La Ti Do” Washington, DC, April 2015

“The Inner Loop: A Literary Reading Series Anniversary Celebration” Washington, D.C., April 2015

“Feats of Poetic Strength | An All-Ladies Reading Series” Philadelphia, PA, April 2015

“Books & Bones AWP Offsite Reading Presented by Cambridge Writers’ Workshop” Boneshaker Books, Minneapolis, MN, April 2015

“Waterbear Reading Series” Arlington, VA, September 2014

“Three Tents Reading Series” Washington, D.C., August 2014

“The Inner Loop: A Literary Reading Series” Washington, D.C., March 2014

“Graduate Student Reading” Sponsored by George Mason University MFA Program,  Fairfax, Virginia, May 2013

 “Loud Fire Reading Series” Sponsored by George Mason University MFA Program, Fairfax, Virginia, February 2013

 Art Exhibit Performing She For Him and His For Her Sponsored by Gallery B,  Bethesda, Maryland, January 2013

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 “Cloudism” Waddell Art Gallery NOVA Loudoun Campus Sponsored by Mike Maggio,  Loudoun, Virginia, November 2012

 “Fellows Reading” Grand Tier III Center of the Arts George Mason University Sponsored by Fall for the Book,  Fairfax, Virginia, September 2012

  “After-Images” Call and Response Exhibit Gallery 123 George Mason University Sponsored by Fall for the Book, Fairfax, Virginia, September 2012

  “Sunday Kind of Love” Open-Mic, Busboys and Poets Sponsored by Spilt this Rock, Washington D.C., May 2012

  “Loud Fire Reading Series” Sponsored by George Mason University MFA Program, Fairfax, Virginia, November 2011

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 “Kindling Reading Series” Sponsored by George Mason University MFA Program,  Fairfax, Virginia, September 2010

Praise

Collection on reviews for daughterrarium.

“Sheila McMullin took us on an emotional journey with her poems. Her invested performance left me on the edge of my seat. I am grateful she trusted us with her story. Poems revolving around sexual assault are a large part of the reason why I began the series, as I said last night. I want Feats to be a place for women to tell stories they might not otherwise feel comfortable sharing. Sheila’s three poems really transcended entertainment to create a deep bond between audience and poet.” –Shevaun Brannigan, host of Feats of Poetic Strength Reading Series

“Sheila McMullin’s four-part prose poem “Translated: All Is Wisdom” is not a translation in the traditional sense–but the title fits. Birds and thorns and fences are made into a language we can begin to understand, or at least to understand just how much we don’t.” The Strip

Book review on Sarah Vap’s Arco Iris called “A fresh, smart review” from Saturnalia Books.

Discussion of “Hey, Big Wild (In Which Frank Closes Eyes and Builds Mateo)” and accompanying artwork by Stephenie Foster in Yew Journal on Rebecca Farivar’s podcast series, Break the Line.

Praise for “Like Water”

“I love the way the grandfather’s strange eloquence kindles the speaker’s (“Your hands are resurrections,” “He needs me to be an owl”) and also the way the first-person voice finds itself only after the grandfather “urges her into the steam and wild mirror surface,” —the hot water acting as a remedy and also as a sort of cauldron for the imagination. Bravo!”            —-Sally Ball, author of Annus Mirabilis, associate director of Four Way Books, and Professor of English at Arizona State University.

Praise for “Ruth’s Book” and “Olga’s Book

“The poet has married the clinical and the metaphorical in a poem of deep psychological resonance. “Cervical cancer at 39 and 14 married years,” it opens, then moves into a collage of stanzaic structures pasted across the page, some lines standing out with stunning clarity (“God was in the movement and in the helmets”) and others remaining mysterious (“the bees weren’t told of the death”). The quick dismantling of narrative provides a loamy ground on which to build, now with sound: and so this poem burns on the surfaces of language and image and thinking. Formally the piece tightens in parts two and three, but the thinking continues to thrust outward (“the dragonfly landing on a lip then flying away/then dragonfly landed on a lip then flew away/arms becoming seaweed/then seaweed becoming arms again”). In the final section the speaker reaches a peak of something like sorrow, something like reverie. In what seems to be the morphine fog of the dying, the speaker remembers “under my foot in the ocean, like glass I step on and hold there some sort of fish.” It is the shatteredness of memory being translated for us as, through strong language, images, and an evolving form, the poem beautifully contracts into a kind of hive of pure lyricism, at the center of which is someone thinking, being. ”           —-David Keplinger, author of The Prayers of Others, Director of Creative Writing and Associate Professor of English at American University.

People I Interviewed

“We’re Looking for Quality Literature by Women. Period.” Lisa Duffy on ROAR The Review Review. April 2015

“Language’s Tag-Along: An Interview with Poet Diane Raptosh” ROAR Magazine: A Journal of the Literary Arts by Women. Spring 2014 Print Issue. Reprinted Online on MoonSpit Poetry July 2014

The Shape of Blue: Interview with Writer Liz Scheid” MoonSpit Poetry. January 2014

“When They Make You Smile: An Interview with Dana Walrath” MoonSpit Poetry. January 2014

“Interview with Poet Paisley Rekdal” Library of Congress, Poetry and Literature Center Interview Series. July 2013

“Upsetting to the Mind: Art by Alison Strub” MoonSpit Poetry. July 2013

“The Constant of Change: Art by Ceci Cole McInturff” MoonSpit Poetry. January 2013

“Ballads of the Appalachians” Interview with folk singer Elizabeth LaPrelle  So to Speak: A Feminist Journal of  Language and Art. August 2011

Books I Liked

“Poetry Micro-Review: Green-wood by Allison Cobb” MoonSpit Poetry March 2014

“Hibernaculum: Dissecting Story and Fable like an AnimalSo to Speak: A Feminist Journal of Language and Art web March 2014

Wild, But Not Lost: A Review” So to Speak: A Feminist Journal of Language and Art web January 2014

“6 Reasons to Love Laura Redniss’s Radioactive” The Lit Pub August 2013

“Book Review: Arco Iris by Sarah Vap” So to Speak: A Feminist Journal of Language and Art web May 2013

“Danielle Pafunda and the Manhater So to Speak: A Feminist Journal of Language and Art web October 2012

Video Performances

Kingman Island, Anacostia Watershed

Poetry and reading by: Sheila McMullin
Cinematography by: Krysta Schlyer and Michael O. Snyder
Created by: Courtney L. Sexton and Michael O. Snyder

Aqua4: An exploration of how water has shaped and been shaped by culture and development in our capital city. A collaboration between 8 D.C. based poets, photographers and filmmakers.
aqua4water.com

Sponsored by Our City Festival
Washington, DC, June 2015

Maine Ave Fish Market

Poetry and reading by: Sheila McMullin
Cinematography by: Bryan Richard Martin and Barbara Oliveira
Created by: Courtney L. Sexton and Michael O. Snyder

Aqua4: An exploration of how water has shaped and been shaped by culture and development in our capital city. A collaboration between 8 D.C. based poets, photographers and filmmakers.
aqua4water.com

Sponsored by Our City Festival
Washington, DC, June 2015

La Ti Do & The Shakespeare Theatre Company present the “Poets Are Present” Anthology, Washington DC 2015

Courtesy of La Ti Do. Editing by Michael Santos Sandoval. Playlist #9 & #10

2014 Association of Writers and Writing Program, Seattle, Washington

 “So You Want To Build a Platform: But What Is It & Why Do You Need One? Women Writers & Editors Speak Out.”

Poetry Reading Prague, Czech Republic 2008

Courtesy of Becky Krauss

Open Mic @ Back to the Grind, Riverside, CA 2009

Editing courtesy of John Dwyer

Spoken Word Performance, Cal State Fresno 2008

Courtesy of Cal State University Summer Arts

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