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Sandy Shreve

Photo: Kim Gilker 2012

Sandy Shreve has written, edited and/or co-edited eight books and two chapbooks. Her most recent poetry collection is Waiting for the Albatross (Oolichan Books, 2015). Her previous books include Suddenly, So Much (Exile Editions, 2005) and Belonging (Sono Nis Press, 1997). She co-edited, with Kate Braid, the groundbreaking anthology In Fine Form - The Canadian Book of Form Poetry (Polestar, 2005, now available from Caitlin Press) and In Fine Form, 2nd edition - A Contemporary Look at Canadian Form Poetry (Caitlin Press, 2016). Sandy also edited Working For A Living, a collection of poems and stories by women about their work (Room of One's Own, 1988).

Sandy’s contributions to the literary arts include founding BC’s Poetry in Transit program, as well as serving on a variety of committees and juries. Her poetry is widely anthologized, has been published in most of Canada's literary journals and has won or been short-listed for several awards.

Now retired, Sandy worked in communications for fifteen years and, prior to that, as an office manager, secretary, union coordinator, library assistant and reporter.

Born in Quebec and raised in Sackville, New Brunswick, she lived for some 40 years in Vancouver, British Columbia. She now makes her home on Pender Island, where she is diving into a relatively new interest in photo art. 

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Suddenly, So Much. Toronto: Exile Editions, 2005.
In Fine Form: The Canadian Book of Form Poetry. co-editor Kate Braid. Vancouver: Polestar (now available from Caitlin Press), 2005.
Belonging. Victoria, BC: Sono Nis Press, 1997.
Bewildered Rituals. Vancouver: Polestar, 1992.
The Speed of the Wheel Is Up to the Potter. Kingston, ON: Quarry Press, 1990.
Cedar Cottage Suite (chapbook). Leaf Press, 2010.
Level Crossing (chapbook). The Alfred Gustav Press, 2012.
Waiting for the Albatross. Oolichan Books, 2015
In Fine Form, 2nd edition - A Contemporary Look at Canadian Form Poetry. co-editor, Kate Braid. Halfmoon Bay: Caitlin Press, 2016.


Winner, Earle Birney Poetry Prize for for selection from "Elles" in Prism International, 2001
Honourable Mention, National Magazine Awards for for selection from "Elles" in Prism International, 2000
Short-listed for the Milton Acorn People's Poetry Award for for Belonging (Sono Nis Press), 1997
Finalist in the Malahat Long Poem Contest (Tai Chi Variations) and the Fiddlehead's "Fashion" contest ("Emma's Wardrobe")
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