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Sheleen McElhinney is an unschooled poet, the runt of a large litter of kids, who grew up writing poetry in her diary, her left palm, the inside of her skull, and cocktail napkins. It wasn’t until the 2020 pandemic, when slowing down and staying inside was mandatory, that she decided to knuckle down with the trauma and grief that would become this book.



She currently lives in the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA with her 3 miraculous children. Her work has appeared in Whiskey Island Magazine, Dogzplot Flash Fiction, Abandon Journal, Poetica Review, West Trade review, and others. Her debut book, Every Little Vanishing, was the winner of the Write Bloody Publishing book award.


Sheleen can be contacted at

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