Hi! I’m Sean O’Connor. Welcome to my new website.
I’m currently an MFA student William Paterson University and write poetry and prose. Additionally, I work as a Learning Generalist at WPU and also as a writing tutor at Raritan Valley Community College and Mercer County Community College.
I like to write about and have a deep interest culture, both in general, and in its various, specific aspects from theories and practice of aesthetics to the complexities of politics to reflections on science.
Writers and poets I currently seem to relate most to and view as literary models include Claude McKay, Bob Dylan, William Wordsworth, John Lennon, Allen Ginsberg, Thomas Mann, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Robert Musil, Martha Witt, John Parras, Phillip Lopate, Michel de Montaigne, and James Baldwin.
During my free time I like to hang out with my wife Ashley and our rescue dog Yago.
In the December of 2018 I graduated from William Paterson University with a B.A. in Liberal Studies with concentrations in Political Science, History, as well as a lot of coursework in literature and writing. I was fortunate to work as a student ambassador and administrative assistant for William Paterson University’s “WPU @ Mercer” program from August 2016 to December 2018.
From October of 2017 to December 2018 I had the pleasure to serve as Opinions Page editor, copy editor, columnist, and reporter for the College VOICE– the student newspaper for Mercer County Community College. During my tenure with the College VOICE I was recognized by the Associated Collegiate Press 2018 Diversity Series Story of the Year (Fall 2018) for my contribution to our coverage of the March for Our Lives protests and by Society of Professional Journalists, with a Mark of Excellence Award (Spring 2018) for my column writing, including my article about censoring hate speech on Twitter.
Between the Spring of 2014 and 2015 I completed my Associates Degree in Liberal Arts at Mercer County Community College.
Also in 2015, I ran for town council of East Windsor, where in a contest between eight candidates, I won fifth place. While that didn’t equate to a seat on the council it was certainly a rewarding learning experience. In 2014 I ran for East Windsor Regional School Board as a write-in candidate, running to protest against the Common Core State Standards. In 2013 I ran for the New Jersey state Assembly in the 14th Legislative District.
Prior to my 2013 run for New Jersey Assembly I was a rather confused soul. As you can see from some of these pictures, I went through quite a bit of evolving.
When I was younger I didn’t think much about politics. I thought mainly about literature and metaphysics and regretfully, despite these academic interests I avoided college.
My head really was “in the clouds”.
As ignorant as I was, I still maintained a sense of ambition, I just wasn’t certain exactly what it was I hoped to achieve.
Then one day I decided to start watching the news and
learn about everything that was going on in the world.