Sharon Th­e­sen, P.G. roots

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Cana­dian po­etry star Sharon Th­e­sen was born in Tisdale, Sask. and grew up in small towns across West­ern Canada. One of them was Prince Ge­orge, grad­u­at­ing from Prince Ge­orge se­condary school in 1963.

She de­parted for Si­mon Fraser Univer­sity an es­tab­lished her writ­ing, edit­ing and teach­ing ca­reer in the Lower Main­land there­after but al­ways main­tain­ing fam­ily and ties to friends in Prince Ge­orge. Her writ­ing of­ten calls on her time here and her im­pres­sions of this place.

She now re­sides in the Lake Coun­try com­mu­nity near Kelowna. Her last teach­ing po­si­tion was at UBC-Okana­gan from which she is now re­tired to the po­si­tion of pro­fes­sor emerita of Cre­ative Writ­ing.

Her time is now even more con­cen­trated on writ­ing, teach­ing po­etry work­shops, and fam­ily.

The Re­ceiver is her 13th book. Her first, Artemis Hates Ro­mance, came out in 1980. Her books Con­fab­u­la­tions (1984), The Be­gin­ning of the Long Dash (1987) and The Good Bac­te­ria (2006) were all nom­i­nated for the Gover­nor Gen­eral’s Award for Po­etry. The lat­ter was also nom­i­nated for the Dorothy Livesay Po­etry Prize while her 2000 vol­ume A Pair of Scis­sors won the Pat Lowther Award.

She was also the ed­i­tor of mul­ti­ple an­tholo­gies and pe­ri­od­i­cals and earned ad­di­tional praise for her ed­i­to­rial work with Ralph Maud on the book Charles Ol­son And Frances Bolder­eff: A Mod­ern Cor­re­spon­dence (1999, Wes­leyan Univer­sity Press) de­pict­ing the re­la­tion­ship through let­ters be­tween those two lit­er­ary fig­ures.

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