Sheila-Na-Gig, the Los Angeles-based print journal, launched in 1990, when my co-founder Kristine Sanders and I were undergraduates at California State University, Long Beach. I went on to publish 14 volumes of the journal and three chapbooks through 2000. Sheila-Na-Gig featured over 400 poets nationwide and awarded over $2,000 in contest prizes. Los Angeles-based artist Charles Sherman donated the artwork for all of my print volumes. You’ll see some of these cover images on the website; just click the link in the captions to go to Charles’ website to see what he’s up to now.
In 2001, I moved to Athens, Ohio, to pursue a PhD in American Literature at Ohio University. I am now Professor of English at the Ohio University Southern Campus, where I teach American literature, composition, and creative writing. I also hold an MFA in poetry from the University of Washington, and I have assisted with the following journals in various capacities: The Seattle Review, Quarter After Eight, Hotel Amerika, and The New Ohio Review, and I am Editor in Chief of my campus literature magazine, Envoi.
My goal for Sheila-Na-Gig online is to continue to support the work of both established and emerging poets in a crisp, uncluttered space. See my Submissions and Contests links for guidelines. I look forward to reading your work and wish you the best for all your creative endeavors.
Jessica holds a BA in English from Ohio University. She is my tireless Associate Editor, and I am so happy to have her on board! In addition to reading submissions for our regular issues, Jessica curate Sheila-Na-Gig Under 30. She currently works in the insurance industry but hopes to put her English BA to use in publishing. She married her high school sweetheart, and they have two beautiful boys together. She doesn’t get much free time, but when she does she reads.
We first met Barbara when her collection Imagine A Town won Sheila-Na-Gig Edition’s 2019 manuscript contest. She is also the author of the poetry collection, Solitary Spin (Main Street Rag Publishing), and two chapbooks, The Distance Between Blues (Finishing Line Press) and Original Ruse (Accents Publishing). Her work has appeared widely in journals, including The Comstock Review, San Pedro River Review, Literary Accents, Akitsu, Presence, and in a number of anthologies. Barbara’s awards include an Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council and the Mary Jean Irion Poetry Prize. She has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes. Barbara received an MFA from Spalding University. She contributes poetry book reviews for the Poetry Matters blog. Barbara is a speech therapist who lives in Akron, OH with her husband and wonder dogs.