Shiela O’Connor

Literature- Fiction

Minneapolis, MN

October 2005, July 2008, June 2012, June 2015

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Sheila O’Connor is the award-winning author of six novels.  Her new genre-bending book for adults, Evidence of V: A Novel in Fragments, Facts and Fictions, combines flash forms, archival documents, memoir, and historical research, to reconstruct the buried history of incarcerated girls. Her other books are Where No Gods Came and Tokens of Grace, and her novels for readers of all ages include Until Tomorrow, Mr. Marsworth, Sparrow Road, and Keeping Safe the Stars.

A multi-genre writer, her work has been anthologized in Riding Shotgun: Women Write about Their MothersThe Next Parish OverMothers and Daughters, and Under Purple Skies. Her short stories, poems, and essays have been published in magazines and anthologies including New York Times, Bellingham Review, Minnesota Monthly, Alaska Quarterly ReviewBrevity and others.  A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in Poetry, Sheila O’Connor has been awarded two Bush Fellowships, Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grants, and a McKnight Fellowship.  She is a professor in the Creative Writing Program at Hamline University where she serves as fiction editor for Water~Stone Review. She is also a member of the core faculty at the Converse low-residency MFA Program.