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Sandy Shreve has written, edited or co-edited eight books of poetry and two chapbooks covering a wide range of subjects - from work (library assistant, secretary, deck hand on a freighter) and history (the expulsion of the Acadians and the story of nurse and spy Sara Emma Edmonds Seeley) to Mary Pratt paintings, Toulouse Lautrec lithographs, disability and the environment. Her poetry has won or been shortlisted for several awards and is widely anthologized.
Sandy founded BC's Poetry in Transit program, was one of the organizers of the first MayWorks festivals in Vancouver, and has served on the West Coast Book Prize Society board of directors, the Dead Poets Live Reading Series committee, and on several book prize juries.
She co-edited, with Kate Braid, the ground-breaking book, In Fine Form – The Canadian Book of Form Poetry and In Fine Form, 2nd edition - A Contemporary Look at Canadian Form Poetry. She edited Working for A Living, a collection of poetry and stories by women about the work they do.
After working at Simon Fraser University for 15 years (the last eight providing administrative support for the Women’s Studies’ Department’s credit and community outreach programs) she changed career paths to become Communications Manager for the Legal Services Society (BC’s legal aid provider).
Born in Quebec and raised in New Brunswick, Sandy lived in Vancouver for some 40 years. Since moving to Pender Island in 2012, she has developed an interest in photo art and has shown her work in several exhibitions.
(Heather Rhodes photo)