Whelan won first prize for poetry in the juried Leitrim Guardian 2012 Literary Awards. Whelan’s collection After God,a free-verse memoir of his lifelong quarrel with God, was published in 2014. A set of Whelan poems on the prominent late Irish poet and novelist Dermot Healy appeared in the 2016 spring edition of éirways magazine. Whelan’s Clay Feet was included in the Martin Stannard August 2013 Collection, featured on The Best American Poetry blog. In 2017 OpEd News ran a profile of Whelan as poet in its Arts section.
His work has also appeared in The Innisfree Poetry Journal, The Coachella Review, The Washington Post,The Elegant Atheist, The Healing Muse, Little Patuxent Review, The Los Angeles Times and The Boston Globe.
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