Photo Credit:
Photo credit
Catherine Carr
Sharon Berg
BIO
Biography

Sharon Berg released two books in September 2019 and two more in September 2020. She writes poetry, fiction, nonfiction, book reviews, and articles.Sharon released her debut collection of short fiction called 'Naming the Shadows' (Porcupines Quill. 2019). Next, was a cross-genre history called 'The Name Unspoken: Wandering Spirit Survival School' (Big Pond Rumours Press, 2019) which won a 2020 IPPY Award for Regional Nonfiction. After that she was a Finalist in the 2022 International Book Awards with 'Stars in the Junkyard' (Cyberwit, India, 2020). 'Before the Heart Went Down: Selected Poems by Robert Billings' (editor, Cyberwit, 2020) appeared the same year. She's published poems in periodicals across Canada as well as in the USA, Mexico, the UK, The Netherlands, India, Singapore, and Australia. Her first two books were both poetry: 'To a Young Horse' (Borealis Press, 1979) and 'The Body Labyrinth' (Coach House Press, 1984). Then she took a hiatus for her studies and her career as an elementary school teacher. She founded the International literary E-Zine Big Pond Rumours (2006-2019) and released three chapbooks (2006, 2016, and 2017) through its associated chapbook press which published many Canadian authors. After retiring in 2016, she published short stories and poetry in various periodicals in Canada and the USA, returning to her earlier career as a writer. In December 2020, she moved from Ontario to Newfoundland, where she now operates Oceanview Writers Retreat in Charlottetown, NL, a tiny hamlet in the middle of Terra Nova National Park. You can engage her to deliver classroom workshops through either The Writers Union or Poetry in Voice. Poetry in Voice allows her to coach students in the oral delivery of poetry for local and national competitions. Sharon has two grown daughters who are making their own families. View examples of her work by clicking on the links below to see two video poems she created. Her website is also listed. 

ADDRESS
City: Charlottetown, NL, A0C 1L0, Province/Territory: Newfoundland and Labrador
EMAIL
GENRE
poetry, fiction, nonfiction
LANGUAGES
English
AWARDS
Awards
Name
Finalist, International Book Awards
Publication
Stars in The Junkyard (poetry) Cyberwit, 2020
Year
2022
Name
Bronze, IPPY Award for Regional Nonfiction
Publication
The Name Unspoken: Wandering Spirit Survival School (nonfiction) Big Pond Rumours Press, 2019
Year
2020
Name
2nd Place, Poetry, GritLit Award
Publication
Willow et al, poetry
Year
2016
PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS AND WORKSHOPS
Presentation details
Audience Size
Audience size
2 to 120
Presentation Genre
poetry, fiction, nonfiction
Presentation Length
to be negotiated
Workshop details
Audience Size
2 to 30
Intended Audience
Grade 2 to adult
Workshop Length
80-90 minutes
School presentation details
Audience Size
as above
Intended Audience
Grade 2 to adult
Presentation Length
can be negotiated
Programs & Interests
Interested in participating Union’s Ontario Writers-in-the-Schools program:
All members are eligible for the Union’s Ontario Writers-in-the-Schools program. Are you interested in participating in this pro
Yes
Interested in participating in the Northern Ontario WITS program:
The Union’s Northern Ontario Writers-in-the-Schools program funds in-person visits to northern Ontario schools when possible. Ar
Yes