Tyler Robert Sheldon will be at Ellen Plumb’s City Bookstore, 1122 Commercial St., at 1:20 p.m. Saturday, May 26, reading from and signing copies of his poetry book, "Driving Together."

"Driving Together" is the most recent publication from Emporia's Meadowlark Books.

Emporia State University Professor Kevin Rabas, Poet Laureate of Kansas, 2017-2019, states: “Tyler Robert Sheldon’s first full-length poetry collection is a gem, a culmination of years of study and effort. As an MA student, Tyler impressively published more than forty poems individually, demonstrating both his industry and his ambition, his talent and grit. With his MFA in Creative Writing currently in progress and this book complete, Tyler takes the next step as a poet and educator. With this collection, his audience and reach quickly extend. Tyler’s life is both ordinary and extraordinary, and he charts some of his journey in verse in this book. He does so with hope and pluck, with a kind of simple, clear vision. What he sees, we see.”

Sheldon received a BA in English and MA in Creative Writing from Emporia State University. He is currently an MFA candidate in Poetry at McNeese State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He has also published the chapbooks "Consolation Prize" (Finishing Line Press, 2018), "Traumas" (Yellow Flag Press, 2017), and "First Breaths of Arrival" (Oil Hill Press, 2016). He is a book reviewer at the Los Angeles Review and Tinderbox Poetry Journal.

“Intimate and lovely, the poems of Tyler Robert Sheldon allow us to appreciate the small, overlooked wonders of our familiar worlds," Allison Joseph, author of "Confessions of a Barefaced Woman," writes. "In Sheldon’s poems, there’s great compassion for people, for landscapes, for family members, and for an unromanticized past. In this poet’s work, it’s the little things that count — moments of conversation, kitchen windows, the flights of native birds, the ‘sea ghosts’ of Kansas. [Sheldon] writes frequently of an overlooked Midwestern state — Kansas — and a storied Southern one — Louisiana — with an exacting eye for detail and a sense of earned wonder. In 'Driving Together,' we encounter a poetic voice that will take us into the heart of each destination, and it’s a joy to hear this voice unwind in these fine and succinct poems.”

Steven Hind, author of "The Loose Change of Wonder," writes: “Tyler Sheldon performs a young poet’s affection for formative experience recollected in early manhood, seasoned with a mischievous whimsy.”

Learn more at meadowlark-books.com.

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