This week we welcome Julie Sheehan as our guest blogger. Julie is a 2008 recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and author of three poetry collections, most recently Bar Book: Poems & Otherwise (Norton, June 2010). Other honors include a 2009 NYFA Fellowship in Poetry, the Elizabeth Matchett Stover Award from Southwest Review, the Robert H. Winner prize from Poetry Society of America, and the Paris Review Bernard F. Conners prize. Her poems have appeared in Parnassus, Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, Yale Review, Poem in Your Pocket, The Best American Poetry, 180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day, and Seriously Funny: Poems About Love, God, War, Art, Sex, Madness, and Everything Else (University of Georgia Press, 2010), edited by Barbara Hamby and David Kirby. She no longer tends bar, though she did for many years, but rather teaches in the MFA program at Stony Brook Southampton.