Born in Tisdale, Saskatchewan in 1946, Sharon Thesen came to B.C. in 1952 and lived in several towns including Prince George and Kamloops before settling in Vancouver in 1966. As a teacher at Capilano College and poetry editor of The Capilano Review she published Artemis Hates Romance, Holding the Pose and Confabulations. Later poetry books include The Beginning of the Long Dash and The Pangs of Summer. She has edited New Long Poem Anthology (2000) and Phyllis Webb's award-winning The Vision Tree.

Sharon Thesen moved to the West Okanagan and is professor emerita of creative writing at the University of British Columbia – Okanagan in Kelowna. Three of her books have been finalists for the Governor–General's Award for Literature — The Good Bacteria (2006), The Beginning of the Long Dash (1987) and Confabulations (1984). She has also won the Pat Lowther Award (for A Pair of Scissors, 2006), and been a finalist for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize (for Oyama Pink Shale, 2011, and The Good Bacteria).

Voices in Thesen's collection Oyama Pink Shale (House of Anansi, 2011) include an 'indebted adult friend to artists, cold documentarian of a haunted sanitarium, and an engaged contemporary ticking off beauties'. The poems are intended to convince us of the 'thread of spirit that links all our lost bits'.


Artemis Hates Romance. Toronto: Coach House Press, 1980.

Radio New France Radio. Vancouver: Slug Press, 1982.

Holding the Pose. Coach House Press, 1983.

Confabulations: Poems for Malcolm Lowry. Lantzville: Oolichan Books,

The Beginning Of The Long Dash. Coach House Press, 1987.

The Pangs Of Sunday: Poems. McClelland and Stewart, 1990.

Aurora. Coach House Press, 1995.

News & Smoke: Collected Poems (Talonbooks, 1999)

A Pair of Scissors (House of Anansi, 2000).

The Good Bacteria (House of Anansi, 2006).

Oyama Pink Shale (House of Anansi, 2011) 978-0-88784-272-6 $22.95

After Completion: The Later Letters of Charles Olson and Frances Boldereff (Talonbooks 2014) Co-edited with Ralph Maud. $24.95 978-0-88922-706-4

The Reciever (New Star 2017) $19 978-1-55420-140-2

[BCBW 2017] "Poetry"