Unsuspecting Cinderella

A collection of poems released by Finishing Line Press spring 2022. Available now in the publisher’s online bookstore here and Amazon.

To preview, select poems can be read as they were first published online:

Life and Death at the Castle (Published by Heartwood Literary Magazine Issue #11 ~ May 2021)

Castle Recursion and Castle Omnipresence (Published by The Write Launch February 2021)

To Whom or What or Where (Published by Local Honey | Midwest January 2021)

Pockets Full of Rocks (Published by Sad Girl’s Club Lit December 2020)

Shyla Shehan is an analytical Virgo born and blossomed in the Midwest. Her most noteworthy accomplishment to date is divorcing her (now former) career as a Healthcare IT Integration Specialist. Since then, she has pledged her undying love and fealty to Poetry but has so far refused to get matching tattoos. But wait! There’s more


Massage Poem
Published online by Drunk Monkeys
Vol. 8 No. 2
February 2023

Geometry and Other Tragedies
Published online by Tangled Locks
December 22, 2021

Stars Under Glass
Published online by The Decadent Review
October 16, 2021

Fifteen Billboards
Published online by The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts / Matter Press
August 27, 2021

Open Window
Published online by Wild Roof Journal
Issue #6
January 4, 2021

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A Double American Sonnet for Terrance Hayes
Nebraska Poetry Society
2021 Poetry Open
First Place Winner
Honorable Mention for “What I Would Give”

The Good Life Review ~ An online literary publication based out of Omaha, Nebraska. Founded in 2020. Accepting submissions here.

Academy of American Poets
University and College Poetry Prize
2020 Winner
University of Nebraska, MFA
Posted on poets.org

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Not all those who wander are lost.


Shyla Shehan

Omaha, Nebraska