John Sheirer

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Some Of John's Work

Growing Up Mostly Normal in the Middle of Nowhere: A Memoir - This memoir stands out as a beautifully written account of a mostly happy, mostly normal, fully real life at once both ordinary and extraordinary. Sheirer explores intensely personal experiences and relationships with humor, surprise, awe, suspense, and deep insight. With the depth of a memoir and the flow of a novel, Sheirer chronicles how his simple youth of farm, sports, school, nature, and family led him to an unlikely adulthood as an author and college professor.

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Other Titles by John Sheirer

Free Chairs: Essays and Stories - Available at Amazon

Saying My Name: Selected Poems, 1982-2002 - Available at Amazon

Shut Up and Speak! Essential Guidelines for Public Speaking in School, Work, and Life - Available at Amazon

From the Projection Booth: Three Screenplays - Available at Barnes and Noble

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John Sheirer
Asnuntuck Community College
Enfield, CT
JohnSheirer+aol.com
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A teacher of writing, public speaking, and literature for two decades, John Sheirer (pronounced shy-er) has been twice honored by Who's Who Among America's Teachers. He holds a B.A. from West Virginia Wesleyan College, an M.A. from Ohio University, and has done doctoral study at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Since 1993, he has been a full-time faculty member at Asnuntuck Community College in Enfield, Connecticut. He recently designed a memoir writing course to help students at Asnuntuck write about their own lives.

In addition to twenty limited edition collections of poetry, he is the author of five full-length books.

His essays, stories, poems, letters, photos, and educational materials have been published in print and online in the following publications, among others: The Athens News, Brady Magazine, Chalkdust Online, The Christian Science Monitor, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Clean Sheets, Clever, Ethical Oasis, Faculty Shack, The Foliate Oak, Freshwater, Frogpond, Full Circle, Harper's, The Holyoke Transcript-Telegram, The Manchester Journal Inquirer, Laughter Loaf, Laurel Review, Lifewriter's Digest, Midwest Poetry Review, Mocha Memoirs, Modern Haiku, Naked Humorists, Nights and Weekends, Piedmont Literary Review, Pinedeldyboz, Raw Nervz, Seven Seas Magazine, The Springfield Journal, Still, Teaching and Learning, Teaching English at the Two-Year College, the Teaching Professor, Technocursed, Tennessee English Journal, Tinywords, Tundra, and The Writer's Life.

His writing honors include a Pushcart Prize Nomination and selection as a Sante Fe Writers Project Literary Award Finalist. He has also received two Southern California Genealogical Association Writing Contest Awards, a John W. Paton Storytelling Contest Third Prize, three Red Moon Press Awards, and a Haiku Society of America Merit Book Award.

He lives in Enfield, Connecticut, where he is an avid reader of memoirs, photographer, and hiker who does volunteer land preservation work with the Northern Connecticut Land Trust.


John Sheirer
Enfield, CT


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