Date: Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Place: The Almanac Gastropub & Cocktails
Address: 10351 82 Ave (Whyte Ave) Edmonton
Sharon Thesen is the author The Good Bacteria, which was a finalist for the Governor General’ s Literary Award for Poetry, the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize, and the ReLit Award, and seven previous collections of poetry. She received the Pat Lowther Memorial Award for her collection A Pair of Scissors and she has been for a finalist for the British Columbia Book Prize. She was born in Tisdale, Saskatchewan, and now lives in British Columbia, where she is a professor at University of British Columbia
Kelly Shepherd has been a kindergarten teacher in South Korea and a construction worker in Northern Alberta. His second full-length poetry collection,Insomnia Bird, is forthcoming from Thistledown Press in spring 2018. Shift, his first collection, was published by Thistledown in 2016, and longlisted for the 2017 Edmonton Public Library’s People’s Choice Award. Kelly has written six poetry chapbooks, most recently A Hidden Bench (the Alfred Gustav Press, 2017). He has a Creative Writing MFA from UBC Okanagan, and an MA in Religious Studies from the University of Alberta, with a thesis on sacred geography. Originally from Smithers, British Columbia, Kelly currently lives in Edmonton where he teaches English & Communications at NAIT. He is also poetry editor for the environmental philosophy journal The Trumpeter.