Sandy Shreve

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Sandy Shreve at Hazelwood - Photo by Heather Rhodes

(Heather Rhodes photo)

"poignant"     "contemplative"     "intricate and masterful"     "rich and plucky"

"wonder-inducing"     "articulate and beautiful"     "lucid and intelligent"     "an uncommon eye"

Sandy Shreve has published five books of poetry and two chapbooks, and edited or co-edited three anthologies. Her work, which has appeared in numerous journals and is widely anthologized, has won the Earle Birney Prize for Poetry and been short-listed for the Milton Acorn People’s Poetry Award and the National Magazine Awards for poetry.

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.

Since moving to Pender Island in 2012, she has developed an interest in photo art and acrylic painting and has shown her work in several exhibitions.

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  • “Poetry fascinates me. The math of it – that meticulous balancing of ideas, through image, metaphor and other devices; and the music of it, meticulous again, that selection of words and their order until they sing. It’s the kind of fascination that makes it not just possible, but essential and delightful (even when agonising) to spend hours, days, weeks and more honing a poem until it’s as close to right as I can get it. Then after all the scribbling and tossing away and starting all over again, after all the tinkering and tweaking – the relief (if I’m lucky) of still being moved by the finished work. As Horace said, ‘If you want to move me to tears, you must first feel grief yourself.’

    As a reader, these same things fascinate me, but in reverse order. First, the elation when my initial experience of a poem is its unique melding of sound and sense so that, one way or another, it opens my heart, my mind, my eyes. Then the fun of sussing out the technical devices the poet used so well they slipped modestly into the background, allowing the poem as a whole to work its magic.”

    Poetry Fascinates Me

Visual Art

"Mostly, I use my camera to create abstract art. At first, I printed images pretty much as I photographed them – but now, more often than not, I’ll search a picture for details which, extracted and enlarged, reveal intriguing patterns – what I think of as ‘natural abstracts’. Or I'll use various Photoshop tools to create something very different from the original photo."

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