"O’Connor suffuses her imagined world with such feeling that readers live the pages more than read them." — Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers
Sheila O’Connor is the author of five novels: Tokens of Grace, Where No Gods Came, Sparrow Road, Keeping Safe the Stars, and mostly recently Until Tomorrow, Mr. Marsworth. In fall 2019, her new hybrid novel for adults, Evidence of V: A Novel in Fragments, Facts and Fictions will be published by Rose Metal Press. A combination of flash forms, archival documents, and historical research, V is an attempt to reconstruct a missing story.
Awards for her novels include the Michigan Prize for Literary Fiction, Minnesota Book Award, International Reading Award, and Midwest Booksellers Award among others. Her books have been included in Best Books of the Year by Booklist, VOYA, Book Page, Bank Street, Chicago Public Library, and Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers.
A multi-genre writer, her work has been anthologized in Riding Shotgun: Women Write about Their Mothers, The Next Parish Over, Mothers and Daughters, and Under Purple Skies. 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 graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Sheila O'Connor has been awarded Bush Fellowships (2003, 2009), Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grants (2004, 2015, 2019), and a McKnight Fellowship. She has also been the recipient of artist residencies from The Studios of Key West, Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, Tyrone Guthrie Center, and Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild. 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.