Sheila Black, an American poet, has written over 40 books for children and young adults as well as four poetry collections. She was a 2000: U.S. co-winner of the Frost-Pellicer Frontera Prize, and a 2012 Witter Bynner Fellowship.
She graduated from Barnard College and received her master's degree from the University of Montana. . Teaching part-time at New Mexico State University and also working as Development Director for the Colonias Development Council, Sheila Black continues to write poetry, recently becoming co-editor of Beauty Is A Verb: The New Poetry of Disability with Jennifer Bartlett and Mike Northen. Sheila Black was diagnosed with XLH, commonly referred to as Vitamin-D Resistant Rickets, at a young age. Black continues to advocate for equal rights for persons with disabilities. She has three children, a 25-year-old daughter, a 19-year-old son, and a 17-year-old daughter. She lives with her younger daughter and husband in Texas.
- On Love/Iraq:
Sheila Black's poems are heavy and yet porous, racing toward transcendence and then slowing down to whisper a telling detail
Perhaps the broad message of Love/Iraq can be understood simply by taking its title at face value. There is a borderline—a slash—between two wholly different states (one a political state, the other a state of being). The concept can be viewed as a face in stark relief, with one half shadowed black and the other white: the yin and the yang. It’s this balance that characterizes the experience of reading Love/Iraq, as the collection offers a narrative circularity, along with the seamless interweaving of the ethereal and the concrete. Sheila Black’s poems are heavy yet porous, racing toward transcendence then slowing down to convey a telling detail.
- On House of Bone:
In How to Be a Maquiladora, Sheila Black demonstrated her gift for using details to create images that evoke the life and environment of a specific locale. In House of Bone, her first major collection of poetry, Black paints with a much broader stroke. Not only does House of Bone, cover a much wider range of topics and experiences, but the particularities that she describe also seem to begrudgingly conceal the universal in the particular. This collection is also a much more personal book. While individual poems in Maquiladora, such as "Desert Life," remind the reader that the poet was no mere observer but a part of that environment about which she wrote, in House of Bone, Black's own experiences provide the grist for the poems.
- Poetry Collections
- House of Bone. CW Press. Poems.; Wordtech Communications, 2007, ISBN 9781933456621
- Love/Iraq. CW Press. Poems.; WordTech Communications, 2009, ISBN 9781934999752
- Poetry Collections, Collaborative
- Continental Drift, with Michelle Marcoux. Patriothall, Edinburgh, UK. Poems, Paintings.
- Poetry Collections, Co-Editor
- Sheila Black, Jennifer Bartlett, Michael Northen, eds. (2011). Beauty Is A Verb. Cinco Puntos Press. ISBN 9781935955375. . Poems.
- Children's books
- My Very Own Tooth Fairy Pillow, Random House Children's Books, 1990, ISBN 9780307140043
- Patrick the Pup, Andrews and McMeel/Ariel Books, 1996, ISBN 9780836221138
- Will the Real Ms. X Please Report to the Principal!, Troll, 1998, ISBN 9780816748136
- Me and Maya, the super brain, McGraw-Hill School Division, 2000, ISBN 9780021852338
- Lassie (1994), Puffin High Flyer, Troll, ISBN 0140368027
- Black, Sheila. "Waiting to Be Dangerous: Disability and Confessionalism." Beauty Is A Verb: The New Poetry of Disability. Ed. Jennifer Bartlett, Sheila Black, & Michael Northen. El Paso, TX: Cinco Puntos Press, 2011. pp. 208. Print.
- "The Title Says It All". Vastano, Joe E. Book Review. Web. https://www.amazon.com/Love-Iraq-Sheila-Black/dp/193499975X
- Love/Iraq. Front Porch Journal. Book Review. Web. http://www.frontporchjournal.com/170_review_black.asp
- "Black Review". Wordgathering. Book Review. Web. http://www.wordgathering.com/past_issues/issue3/book_review/blackreview.html