Sheehan’s poems often feature long lines similar to those of Walt Whitman, and she has cited Whitman as an influence in the past. She also writes in traditional forms, including the sonnet and ghazal. Poet Billy Collins has said of her work: “Julie Sheehan possesses a range of tones—tender, sassy, quietly observant, deeply cutting.” Sheehan’s range of subjects includes marriage, relationships, and the landscape of Orient Point, Long Island. The wild nature of things under the urban and cultivated world is treated in many poems, including “Coyotes in Greenwich!”
In describing Orient Point, Sheehan commented: “My book is a collage of quilted rhetorics—some more traditional, some experimental, often exploring touchy subjects.” Bar Book: Poems and Otherwise is a collection of poems based on the language and metaphors of cocktails.
Sheehan is the recipient of a Whiting Writers Award and a New York Foundation for the Arts poetry fellowship. She is currently the Director of the MFA in Creative Writing and Literature and an assistant professor at Stony Brook Southampton. She lives on Long Island with her family.