Zoomuse Poems for Peace returns Thursday, January 20, 2022 with Sharon Thesen.
The Zoom Meeting link on Jan 20 is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81799264950
Meeting ID is 817 9926 4950
The time on Jan 20 is: – 11 a.m. Pacific time – 2 p.m. Eastern time – 7 p.m. UK time – 8 p.m. Central European time – 6 a.m. on December 17 in Sydney, Australia
Sharon Thesen is a poet, writer and editor living since 2003 in Okanagan country in the British Columbia interior, five hours east of Vancouver. A retired university professor, Sharon studied at Simon Fraser University and began her teaching career in 1975 at Capilano College in North Vancouver. After moving to the Okanagan, she taught creative writing at UBC Okanagan.
Sharon has been involved for many years in the Vancouver and Canadian poetry scene, publishing her first book of poetry, Artemis Hates Romance, in 1980. Thirteen more books of poetry have followed since, three of them being nominated for Governor General’s Awards:. Confabulations, in 1984; The Beginning of the Long Dash, 1987; and The Good Bacteria, 2006.
Sharon is also an accomplished editor. In 1982, she edited The Vision Tree, an anthology of poems by Canadian poet Phyllis Webb which won a Governor General’s Award. Sharon edited two editions of The New Long Poem Anthology, in 1991 and 2001, collections of long poems; longer works; sequential poems; extended poems; and serial, lengthy or longish poems by Canadian poets. From 2001 to 2005, Sharon edited The Capilano Review, an art and literary magazine published three times per year.
Sharon’s most recent book of her own poetry is The Receiver, 2017. In 2021, Sharon published The Wig-Maker, a searing tale of abuse, neglect and healing told by Janet Gallant which Sharon transcribed and lineated into a long poem.