About

Other Aliases:

  • Shyspark (@shyspark)
  • Miss SugarCookie
  • The Best Mom EVER

I blog, I garden, and I take a lot of pictures of my cats. Sometimes I travel. But mostly I just write poetry…

Hi. I’m Shyla

I was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa and have spent the majority of my life in the Omaha Metropolitan area. I currently work part-time as an Engineer for a Healthcare IT Company, Heath Data Movers, and also spend a fair bit of time managing a healthy household and working on my writing. My plan is to graduate in August 2020 with my MFA from the University of Nebraska and use the knowledge and community I have gained there to continue to dive deeper into the writing life.

Why I Write

Writing, for me, is a journey of discovery. I seek knowledge, camaraderie, and inspiration and am driven by a search for purpose and a need to engage in self-reflection. For most of my life writing has been a primary means to work through what I am thinking and feeling and find peace with difficult circumstances. More recently, however, I have learned that sharing my writing and my experiences also provides me with a sense of satisfaction and fulfillment.

Mission and Vision

I want to be an active participant in the community and my hope is that by doing so I will be able to effect positive change in the world around me. I believe that everyone who has an experience to share should have the opportunity to do so. I also feel that connecting readers and writers is an important step in engaging people in conversations that might not otherwise occur and that those human connections are incredibly valuable. If I can contribute in some way to those conversation or help others by promoting their words and their voice, I know I will have done something worthwhile.

Shyla Shehan

Omaha, Nebraska