Shawn Misener

Location Haslett, MI
Occupation sleeping reading and writing

About Me

I write and have established myself as mostly a poet of surreal-o Americana. Poetry is fun and easy to me. Prose, on the other hand, bangs around in my head until I need a strong dose of synthetic opiate to finish a paragraph. Still, I've had some success with stories and am looking forward to bouncing some unfinished projects around Fictionaut. I'm working on a novel right now about a cult-leader/ pro- mass consumption enigma named THE WHOOSHAY. This book has snagged me for a couple of years now, but there's progress. I think. I hope.

I love to read other people's work. I'm here for that as much as I am to share my own. I'll offer up honest opinions if you'll return the favor. Sometimes, to be the best wheelchair basketball player on the block somebody has to crush your kneecaps for you. Dig?

Why do you write?

I write because it makes me happy. It fills a void of undefined proportions. I write to calm my fingers and brain.

Things that fuel my creativity: A great book, coffee, my wife and kids, the decline of the industrial North, people acting strange outside of my window.

Any favorite authors? Books?

My favorite books:
White Noise by Don Delillo
Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
A Fraction of the Whole by Steve Toltz
For Whom the Bell Tolls by Hemingway
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
Chronic City by Jonathon Lethem
Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein
Radio-Free Albemuth by Philip K Dick
Senior Vivo and the Coca Lord by Louis de Bernieres
Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy O'Toole
A Hall of Mirrors by Robert Stone
City of Glass by Paul Auster
Still Life With Woodpecker by Tom Robbins
Lamb by Christopher Moore
The Hooneymooners by Chuck Kinder

Shawn Misener's Wall

Tantra Bensko – Mar 15, 2013

Thank you so much for your comments on Yard Man!

Meg Pokrass – May 24, 2012

thank you sir, for your "amen".

Meg Pokrass – Mar 19, 2012

thank you, Shawn for your comment and enthusiasm for "The Oyster Queen". I will think strongly about your suggestion about the bumpy last line. VERY valuable feedback, and I'm grateful! best, meg

Rabbit Angstrom – Mar 11, 2012

Thank you for all your thoughtful comments, I dig your poetry, it sits like prose, like flash/prose. Dig? I also can't wait for more!

Misti Rainwater-Lites – May 25, 2011

Hola, amigo! Did not know you were here. Good to see ya here. Thanks for your kind words and for makin' my book of love a favorite.

Robert Vaughan – Oct 16, 2010

Hi Shawn,

I had no clue that you are also on Fictionaut! Hey there! How's it going?

LynnAlexander – Jun 11, 2010

Hello Shawn! Yes, Godbold is a winner.

Michael J. Solender – Mar 28, 2010

Thx for you comment on my panicky piece. xanax is worse than the disease imho! All in the rear view now, but I can't forget it.

Darryl Price – Mar 23, 2010

It's hard to pick just one Tom Robbins book but that's a good one. Have you read 'B' is for Beer?" Tons of fun.

Larry Strattner – Mar 23, 2010

Thanks for your comment on Biodegradability. You'll like it here. There's an occasional gem or chuckle mixed into the angst. A perfect spot for a poet. We don't have enough poets.

Shawn Misener – Mar 23, 2010

Godbold is my new favorite last name, Lou.

Lou Godbold – Mar 22, 2010

Hey, Shawn!

And I get the honor of your first fav? I'm honored and delighted. Clearly. :)

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