Dr. Tricia Currans-Sheehan has been the founding editor of The Briar Cliff Reviewfor 26 years. She has had stories published in Connecticut Review, Fiction, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Portland Review, Puerto del Sol, Calyx, Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies, Forum, Short Fiction by Women, Heritage of the Great Plains Journal, South Dakota Review, Kalliope, Wisconsin Review, and many others. Recently she won the Headwaters Literary Competition, sponsored by New Rivers Press, for her collection of short stories, The Egg Lady and Other Neighbors. Her new novel in stories, The River Road, was published in October 2008. Dr. Currans-Sheehan has been nominated for three Pushcart Prizes.
Currans-Sheehan is a native of Emmetsburg, Iowa. The ninth of ten children born to Salome Antoine and James Henry Currans, she grew up on a 200-acre farm on the river road between Emmetsburg and Graettinger. She attended the Catholic schools in Emmetsburg until the closing of the high school, graduating from Graettinger Community School. She received her B.A. in English from Briar Cliff College and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of South Dakota. She lives in Sioux City, Iowa, with her husband Bob, and has three children: Rachel, Colin, and Alison Currans-Sheehan.