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Tom Shea


Creative Writing Field Seminar in Ireland, Creative Nonfiction Writing I

Tom Shea spent 40 years working at the Springfield Newspapers, starting as a sportswriter. He finished his sports career covering the Boston Red Sox. After leaving sports in 1985, he worked as a general assignment reporter for ten years before being given his own column in The Republican. It ran for 17 years and was noted by the Boston Globe as a column that chronicled “little-noticed acts of kindness and grace perpetrated by everyday people.’’ Most recently, he was senior foreign editor at The National, a newspaper in Abu Dhabi.

He is now an author, freelance writer, and writing coach. Dingers: The 101 Most Memorable Home Runs in Baseball History, which he co-wrote with Joshua Shifrin, will be published in April by Skyhorse Press. In 2013, he co-wrote 140 Years of Providential Care: The Sisters of Providence of Holyoke, Massachusetts, with his wife, Suzanne Strempek Shea, and author/historian Michele P. Barker.

Tom has taught journalism and communications at Bay Path University, as well as Springfield, Holyoke Community and Elms Colleges. His writing has appeared in USA Today, Sports Illustrated, New England Monthly and Baseball America. He was also a long-time host of the Town and Country program on radio station WRNX-FM in Holyoke. His awards and recognitions include the New England Associated Press News Executive Award for best local New England column, a Pulitzer Prize nomination, and an honorary doctorate from Western New England University.