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Sheila O’Connor: O’Connor is a multi-genre writer who writes books for both adults and young people. Her novels Until Tomorrow, Mr. Marsworth, Tokens of Grace, Where No Gods Came, Sparrow Road, and Keeping Safe the Stars have received wide critical acclaim and awards, including the Michigan Prize for Literary Fiction, Minnesota Book Award, International Reading Award, and Midwest Booksellers Award, among others. Her newest hybrid novel, Reconstructing V received the Minnesota Book Award for best novel in 2020 and has been included, along with works by her, in Best Books of the Year by Booklist, VOYA, Book Page, Bank Street, Chicago Public Library, and Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers. Sheila’s work has been anthologized in Riding Shotgun: Women Write about Their Mothers, The Next Parish Over, Mothers and Daughters, and Best of Helicon Nine. Her short stories, poems, and essays have been published in magazines and anthologies including Bellingham Review, Minnesota Monthly, Alaska Quarterly Review, Baltimore Review, Great River Review, Blue Earth Review, and others. A poetry graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Sheila O’Connor has been awarded Bush Fellowships (2003, 2009), Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowships (2004, 2015), and a McKnight Fellowship. She is a professor in the MFA program at Hamline University where she serves as fiction editor for Water~Stone Review. She also teaches fiction and YA fiction in the Converse Low Residency MFA.
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