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Rowling, John

  • Person
  • 1940-

John Rowling is past President and co-founder of CAMRA BC (the Campaign for Real Ale Society of British Columbia) and a co-founder and long-time director of Victoria's Great Canadian Beer Festival Society.

Rowling was born in the United Kingdom, in Sidcup, Kent in the suburbs of London on May 11, 1940. He survived the Blitz and a bomb that destroyed all the houses on his street save his family home. Rowling studied at London University, graduating with a B.Sc. in Geology in 1962. He emigrated to Canada later that year to pursue graduate studies at the University of New Brunswick (UNB) in Fredericton. After four years at UNB, Rowling settled in Calgary, working as an exploration geologist for Chevron and other companies for the next 20 years. In 1988, he moved to Victoria to take up a position in the Petroleum Geology Branch of the BC Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, continuing there until his retirement in 1997.

In 1968 Rowling married Carol Graham, and they had three children and six grandchildren. Carol passed away in 2022.

Rowling has been a beer and pub enthusiast all his life. From Canada he followed the activities of the UK's Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) movement. His brother Rob had joined CAMRA UK in 1974, later becoming President of the Boston, Licolnshire branch. Shortly after his move to Victoria, John learned of the existence of a CAMRA Canada and signed up. On April 7, 1990 at a meeting at Spinnaker's Pub in Victoria, Rowling along with his wife Carol and Phil Cottrell and Dave Preston founded a CAMRA Victoria branch. The group opted for independence from the eastern-based CAMRA Canada and in September 1990 registered CAMRA BC as an incorporated society, with its own constitution, by-laws and finances. Rowling served as the first President from 1990-1992, with a further term in 2000-2003.

Rowling and other CAMRA BC members participated in Victoria's first beer festival in July 1992. The experience inspired them to create an annual festival under CAMRA's auspices. Starting in 1993 as the Victoria Microbrewery Festival, it showcased BC's craft breweries, while also bringing in a smaller number of brewers from other provinces and the USA. In 1995, the event was renamed the Great Canadian Beer Festival (GCBF) and a separate body, the GCBF Society, was spun off from CAMRA to assume ongoing responsibility for planning and organization. Rowling and Gerry Hieter were for many year the main organizers, and Rowling remained a GCBF Director until 2018. In 2019 the GCBF Society disbanded and a new organization, the Victoria Beer Society, took over responsibility for the festival.

Rowling was a frequent contributor to CAMRA BC's newsletter, What's Brewing, launched in June 1990 under the editorship of Phil Atkinson. (CAMRA UK, CAMRA Canada and CAMRA BC all had newsletters by this same name.) With the very first issue of What's Brewing BC, Rowling started the long-running column that would eventually become The Hopbine, "a fresh gathering of news and gossip"). In his column Rowling brought together short news items, announcements, reviews, comments and opinions on happenings in the beer world; he continued to write it until the end of 2003. From about 2004-2015, Rowling regularly wrote about beer and the BC craft beer scene for Victoria's Eat Magazine, and during the same period he was the BC correspondent for the California-based Celebrator Beer Magazine.

In 2002, Matt Phillips of Victoria's Phillips Brewing Company created a special beer to honour Rowling as "a trailblazer and true champion of the craftbrewers' art" – Big Bad John's Traditional English Barley Wine. "Giants fear him / Taste buds applaud him" declared its label. In 2018 Rowling stepped down from the Board of the GCBF Society. The following year, Rowling and Gerry Hieter were presented with Legend Awards at the BC Brewing Awards, in recognition of their contributions to BC's craft beer community.

Rimmer, Jim

  • Person
  • 1934-2010

Jim Rimmer was born in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1934. In 1950, he undertook a six-year apprenticeship with local printer and publisher J.W. Boyd and Sons. He subsequently worked for seven years as a journeyman compositor for several BC newspapers, including the Vancouver Province, Vancouver Sun, and the Williams Lake Tribune. From 1972 to 1999, Rimmer ran a freelance design office, working as an illustrator, graphic designer, and type designer; some of his more notable commercial designs include the logo for Canadian Pacific Airlines, and the provincial mark for British Columbia.

Rimmer designed and cut his first typeface, Juliana Old Style, in 1980. In the years following, he designed and produced numerous faces in both metal and digital format, including proprietary fonts and typeface revivals. For several years during the 1980s Rimmer worked with Giampa Text Ware, operated by Gerald Giampa. Rimmer designed digital type fonts with this firm and its successor, Lanston Type Company. He was an active member of the American Typecasting Fellowship beginning in 1984, and founded the Rimmer Type Foundry in 1998.

In 1974, Rimmer founded Pie Tree Press, named after an old apple tree in his backyard, the fruit of which was used to make pies. As Pie Tree Press, Rimmer printed numerous broadsides and books, including Alison’s Fishing Birds, commissioned by Colophon Books. He subsequently produced four major limited edition publications, for which he did the typesetting, illustrations and book-binding: Shadow River: the Selected and Illustrated Poems of Pauline Johnson (Tekahionwake) (1997), A Christmas Carol (1998), Leaves from the Pie Tree (2006), an autobiographical work including “how-to” knowledge, and Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (2008). Rimmer was working on the design of the ‘Dubloon’ typeface for a fifth book, Treasure Island, at the time of his death (this font will be released as the “Rimmer” typeface).

Over the course of his career, Rimmer taught drawing and typography classes at many local colleges and universities, including the Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design, Capilano College, Kwantlen College, Simon Fraser University, and the University College of the Fraser Valley. He also held workshops in hand-setting, printing, and book-binding. Rimmer’s work earned him awards from the Creative Club, Graphic Designers of Canada, Art Direction Creativity in Illustration, and the American Typecasting Fellowship. A series of broadsides designed for Westgraphica, now Karo, earned him the “Communication Arts Award of Excellence” in the self-promotion class. “Rimmerfest : An Evening to Celebrate Jim Rimmer and His Many Contributions” took place on November 25, 2006; the event was organized by Simon Fraser University Library. In 2007, Rimmer was made a fellow of the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada.

Jim Rimmer passed away in New Westminster on January 8, 2010.

BC Book Prizes

  • Corporate body
  • 1985-

The BC Book Prizes, including The Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence, are presented annually at the Lieutenant Governor’s BC Book Prize Gala in April.
The awards carry a cash prize of $2000 plus a certificate. The exception is the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence, which is a separate prize category. Prizes include: Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize, Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize, Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize, Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize, Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize and the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence, and the Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award.

Campaign for Real Ale Society of British Columbia (CAMRA BC)

  • Corporate body
  • 1990-

The Campaign for Real Ale Society of British Columbia (CAMRA BC) was founded in 1990. It acts as a champion of the consumer in relation to the BC and Canadian beer and alcoholic beverage industry and seeks to advance British Columbians' access to quality beer and cider.

CAMRA BC's origins look to the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) movement that began in Britain in the 1970s. CAMRA UK was founded on March 16, 1971 by Michael Hardman, Bill Mellor, Jim Makin and Graham Lees. They criticized the dominance of the British "Big Six" brewers on the British beer scene. CAMRA opposed the loss of independent regional breweries, the "tied house" system that bound pubs to the big brewers, the demise of traditional British cask-conditioned ales, and the declining quality of the remaining mass-produced beers. CAMRA defined "real ale" as beer that has not been filtered, pasteurized or pressurized, but is conditioned and carbonated by a secondary fermentation in the cask or bottle itself. Modern industrial brewing techniques were eliminating real ales, and CAMRA fought successfully to pressure brewers to revive their production. Membership grew rapidly, reaching 5000 members across the UK by 1974. In 2023 CAMRA had over 150,000 members in more than 200 local branches.

Outside the UK, beer drinkers inspired by CAMRA's success created organizations with broadly similar goals, and they sometimes used the CAMRA name. But there is no provision in the UK organization for international branches and affiliation is mainly symbolic. A CAMRA Canada was established around 1983 based in Ontario and Quebec. Members paid dues into the national organization, which in turn was to provide funding to local chapters. CAMRA Canada produced its own newsletter (What's Brewing) but there were no national meetings and chapters saw few if any funds for local initiatives. Vancouver members meeting at the Rowing Club in Stanley Park in the summer of 1985 opted for independence, formally incorporating CAMRA BC as its own society on October 29, 1985. This organization was based mainly in the Lower Mainland. It produced a newsletter (BC Beer Front News) and held regular meetings and social events. But after the first year, it failed to file annual reports with BC's Registrar of Companies and was de-listed in 1989. Around the same time the newsletter ceased operations.

Shortly after this, a separate initiative created a local CAMRA branch in Victoria. John and Carol Rowling, Phil Cottrell, and Dave Preston established CAMRA Victoria at a meeting at Spinnakers pub on April 7, 1990. It was only afterwards that the Victoria group became aware of the existence of the earlier CAMRA BC organization, and Rowling contacted Phil Atkinson who had been involved with it. The Victoria group proceeded to incorporate on September 24, 1990. Rather than revive the old CAMRA BC registration (and pay back fees), they registered as a new entity, but took up the old name.

Like its predecessor, the new CAMRA BC was dissatisfied with the affiliation model proposed by CAMRA Canada. Preferring independence, CAMRA BC created its own constitution and by-laws and retained its own finances. John Rowling served as the first President (1990-1992). Phil Atkinson became editor of the newsletter, What's Brewing, launched in June 1990 (CAMRA UK, CAMRA Canada and CAMRA BC all had newsletters with this same name). CAMRA Canada meanwhile faded out of existence in 1990s.

The purpose of CAMRA BC, as set out in its constitution, is "to actively promote and encourage a greater range of choice of quality beers." To this end it lobbies for changes to BC liquor policy to better support BC craft-beer and cider consumers; provides public education relating to craft beer and cider; promotes the establishment and success of quality brewpubs, neighbourhood pubs, and craft breweries and cideries in BC; supports quality home brewing; supports the production of cask-conditioned beers and events relating to those products; and encourages responsible and safe consumption of craft beer and cider.

CAMRA BC is run by volunteers. Like its UK namesake, CAMRA BC is a consumer advocacy organization. Breweries are encouraged take out corporate memberships, but corporate members cannot sit on the Board and do not have voting rights. Membership grew from about 40 after the first year to 120 in 1992 to over 250 by 1997, and numbers seem to have stabilized around that figure in subsequent years.

CAMRA BC's constitution provides for local branches with their own committees and Executive Board, elected at an Annual General Meeting. But for the first decade Victoria was the primary hub and focus of activity, and the line between CAMRA Victoria and CAMRA BC was fuzzy, with Victoria's Executive effectively operating for BC as a whole. By the early 2000s, branches outside Victoria had been more formally established - in Nanaimo, Osoyoos, Peachland, Prince George, Prince Rupert, Richmond-Steveston and Vancouver. Some of these were short-lived, while the Victoria branch has remained stable over the years.

In 2003, changes were introduced to more clearly separate branch and central finances. Branches retained a portion of the fees of their individual and corporate members, another part went to CAMRA BC as a whole (e.g. for Directors' insurance) and another part to the production costs for the newsletter. It was at this time that the tagline for What's Brewing changed from "the CAMRA Victoria newsletter" to "the magazine of CAMRA BC." But until 2010 the Executive of the Victoria branch continued to be the Executive of CAMRA BC. This changed in April 2010, when AGMs of the Victoria, Penticton and Victoria branches met independently but elected a provincial Executive separate from branch boards for the first time. At the time of writing (April 2023) CAMRA BC has four active branches in Victoria, the South Okanagan, Vancouver and Powell River.

One of CAMRA Victoria's earliest initiatives was the creation of an annual craft beer festival in 1993. Initially called the Victoria Microbrewery Festival, it was renamed the Great Canadian Beer Festival (GCBF) in 1995. A separate society was spun off from CAMRA and incorporated to assume ongoing responsibility for managing the festival, though the two organizations remained closely linked. In 2019 the GCBF Society dissolved itself and responsibility for the festival was taken over by the Victoria Beer Society. After a two-year hiatus occasioned by the Covid-19 pandemic, the GCBF resumed in September 2022.

Chief officers

  • John Rowling, President (1990-1992)
  • Tom Thomson, President (1992-1993)
  • Paul McGrarty, President (1993-1994)
  • Steve Fudge, President (1994-1996?)
  • Mark Bridges, President (1997)
  • Steve Fudge, President (1998-2000)
  • John Rowling, President (2000-2003)
  • Glen Stusek, President (2004-2010)

For a more detailed listing, see Appendix A in the pdf finding aid for F-318.

Women in View Festival

  • Corporate body
  • 1986-1999

The Women in View festival began in 1986 when Jane Heyman, along with Sue Astley, Sharon Bakker, Patricia Ludwick and Suzie Payne created View, the Performing Arts Society, a non-profit organization. The purpose of the organization included promoting the artistic growth of women involved in the performing arts; to provide increased opportunity for women in the performing arts and to encourage the participation of women from diverse cultural background. Between 1986 and 1988, View organized workshops, lectures, and networking sessions for women in the arts in Vancouver. From the beginning, the goal of the organization was to create a festival.
The first Women in View festival was held in Vancouver in 1989, and was a multidisciplinary arts festival showcasing work initiated by women. Over the following 10 years, until 1998, the festival was successful at providing opportunities for over 1,500 women in the performing arts from across Canada and around the world. Following the 10th festival, the board of Women in View faced a deficit of $20,000 and the resignation of 2 key organizers. Unable to gain funding for the 1999 festival, the board decided to cancel the eleventh festival and dissolve View at its annual general meeting in 1999. Women in View’s few assets, and its work, were taken over by La Luna Productions, a collective of professional women artists of colour.

Nichol, bp (Barrie Phillip)

  • Person
  • 1944-1988

Barrie Philip Nichol (September 30, 1944 September 25, 1988), who often went by his lower-case initials and last name, with no spaces (bp Nichol), was a prolific Canadian poet and also a language artist, editor and publisher. He was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, and became widely known for his concrete poetry while living there in the 1960s. He received his elementary teaching certificate from the University of British Columbia in 1963, but he only worked briefly as a teacher before dedicating himself to writing. His best-known published work is probably The Martyrology, a long poem encompassing 9 books in 6 volumes. Nichol also worked in a wide variety of other genres, including musical theatre, children's books, collage/assemblage, pamphlets, spoken word, computer texts, fiction, and television. In 1970, he began to collaborate with fellow poets Rafael Barreto-Rivera, Paul Dutton, and Steve McCaffery, forming the sound-poetry group The Four Horsemen. He was also active with Coach House Press and Open Letter, with his own presses, grOnk and Ganglia, and in the therapeutic community, Therafields, for a number of years. Nicol was married in 1980 to Eleanor Hiebert.

Great Canadian Beer Festival (GCBF) Society

  • Corporate body
  • 1995-2019

The Great Canadian Beer Festival (GCBF) Society was a non-profit organization created in 1995 to organize an annual beer festival in Victoria, British Columbia. It dissolved itself in 2019, with responsibility for the GCBF festival passing to a new organization, the Victoria Beer Society.

Victoria's first beer festival took place in July 1992. Among the organizers and participants were members of the Victoria branch of the Campaign for Real Ale Society of BC (CAMRA BC).

The holding of local and national beer festivals had long been an integral function of CAMRA UK, the British organization on which CAMRA BC modelled itself. CAMRA UK held its first beer festival at Convent Garden in London in 1974. In 1977 it started the annual Great British Beer Festival, which has run continuously since, save 1984 (due to fire) and 2020 and 2021 (due to the Covid-19 pandemic).

In Victoria, CAMRA BC built on its experience of the 1992 Victoria beer festival and the following year launched the Victoria Mircobrewery Festival. The first was held on October 23, 1993 at the Victoria Conference Centre. It featured over 40 beers and ciders from 13 breweries and 2 cideries, most based in BC, with some guest breweries from Alberta, Ontario, Washington and Oregon. A second successful festival was held in 1994, and the following year CAMRA BC decided to create a dedicated body with ongoing responsibility for organizing and managing the festival. The name of the festival itself was changed to the Great Canadian Beer Festival (GCBF) and the GCBF Society was incorporated on March 7, 1995 by CAMRA BC members Dave Preston, Gerry Hieter, John Rowling and Phil Atkinson.

The constitution of the GBCF Society set out its purposes: to organize the annual beer festival at Victoria; raise public awareness of the variety of beers available; encourage public appreciation of ales and lagers brewed in accordance with CAMRA BC's standards; encourage the responsible enjoyment of beer as an alcoholic beverage; and to use surplus funds for charitable donations. GBFC's by-laws established the ongoing link of the festival to CAMRA BC: a majority of GCBF directors were to be members of the CAMRA Victoria branch and the President of CAMRA Victoria was ex officio a director of the GCBF Society.

For the first decade, the festival was held in the mid or late fall at the Victoria Conference Centre. BC craft beer was always the focus, but from its inception the festival also always included a smaller number of breweries from other provinces and from the USA. Over the years the GCBF grew in parallel with the growth in BC's craft beer industry. The number of participating breweries increased from 15 in 1993 to 34 by 2001. The 1995 festival first expanded the event to 2 days and in 1996 these were fixed to Friday / Saturday, a format subsequently retained. In order to accommodate both larger crowds and more breweries, the GCBF shifted to an outdoor event in 2003, and the festival has been held in early September at Victoria's Royal Athletic Park ever since. 40 breweries participated in the first outdoor festival in 2003; by 2008 the number was 52 and it reached 82 in 2014.

In 2018 Rowling and Hieter stepped down from the GCBF Board and in 2019 the Society dissolved itself, with the Victoria Beer Society taking over responsibility for managing the festival. After a hiatus in 2020 and 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the annual GCBF resumed in 2022, returning to its usual grounds at the Royal Athletic Park on an early September weekend.

Cameron, Anne

  • Person
  • 1938-2022

Anne Cameron was the author of several volumes of fiction, poetry, and children's stories, and scripts for television and film (published under the name Cam Hubert). Her novel, Daughters of Copper Woman, is one of the top selling BC books published by a BC publisher. In 2010, Cameron received the George Woodcock Lifetime Achievement Award for B.C. literature. She lived in Tahsis, BC.

Tin Whistle Brewing Company

  • Corporate body
  • 1995-present

Tin Whistle Brewing Company is the first craft brewery established in the South Okanagan, based in Penticton, British Columbia. The original locomotive of the Kettle Valley Railway is the brewery’s namesake. Over the years, the company has changed owners, recipes, and labels, but has always brewed a variety of beers that take inspiration from the wildlife, geography, and history of the Okanagan Valley.

Tin Whistle Brewing began production in 1995, based in a converted railway museum building on Eckhardt Avenue West. The original owners were a 4-person team comprised of couples Linda and Richard Grierson, and Lawrie and Lynda Lock, who were assisted by brewery consultant Frank Appleton. Beers developed under this team's ownership include the Rattlesnake ESB Ale, Coyote Ale, Back Widow Dark Ale, Peaches n’ Cream Ale, and Killer Bee Dark Honey Porter.

In 1998, the brewery was purchased by Lorraine Nagy, who managed the company for 22 years with her son Mike Nagy. During this ownership, several beers were developed including the Centennial Blonde Ale, Kettle Valley Amber Ale, Chocolate Cherry Porter, Harvest Honey Pale Ale, Scorpion Double IPA, Osprey Pear White IPA, Hands Up Red Ale, Fresh Hop Pale Ale, Mosaic Express IPA, Extortionist Hazelnut Espresso Stout, Paradise Coconut Hopfenweisse, and the Wasted Grape Gewurztraminer Saison Ale. Award-winning brews include the Stag Apple Scotch IPA, which placed bronze in the dark beer category at the 2014 Canadian Beer Awards and Gold at the 2014 BC Beer Awards, as well as the Raspberry Blonde Ale, which placed gold in the fruit beer category at the 2016 BC Beer Awards. The Killer Bee Dark Honey Ale also won a silver medal at the Calgary International Beer Festival in 2016. In 2015, the brewery moved to the Cannery Trade Center on Fairview Road in order to increase production and expand the tasting room. Brewmasters under Loraine Nagy's ownership include Ron Bradley (200-?–2011?), followed by Jeff Todd (2011?–2018), and Matt Farmer (2018-present).

Alexis Esseltine and Timothy Scoon purchased Tin Whistle Brewing in 2020. Bringing a commitment to sustainability, the latest owners have certified the brewery as carbon neutral and use local BC and Canadian grown ingredients in their brewing process. All five beers developed by the original owners are still brewed under this new management, as well as the Lookout IPA, Mythical Creatures IPA, Wanderlust Ale, Morning Glory Ale, Hazelnut Coffee Milk Sour, Gimlet Juniper Lime Sour, Go Go Light Pseudo Lager, Queen of Tart Sour, and Coco Galore Coconut Hopfenweisse. The current brewmaster under Esseltine and Scoon's ownership is Matt Farmer.

Hobler, Philip M.

  • Person
  • 1936 - 2006

Philip Hobler was a professor of Archaeology at Simon Fraser University (SFU), who was appointed from 1967 to 2001. For many years, he captained the SFU archaeological research vessel Sisiutil, which was launched in 1972 and used yearly for summer fieldwork until 1992. Hobler worked at various archaeological sites in Egypt, Fiji, the United States, the Northwest Territories, and on the west coast of British Columbia. His work primarily focused on archaeological sites within Nuxalk Nation territory; From 1987 to 1990, he directed the Bella Coola Villages Project, where excavations were conducted at the Nusqualst, Qwliuth, and Snxlhh village sites.

Other projects direct by Hobler took place along the Stikine River, around Moresby Island in Haida Gwaii, around northern Vancouver Island, on the Southern Gulf Islands, at Fort McLoughlin, at Barkerville’s Chinatown, and on the Snare River and Kakisa Lake in the North West Territories.

Dr. Hobler passed away on July 19, 2006.

Keenleyside, Paul

  • Person

Paul Keenleyside has been involved in the BC Social Credit Party from April 1979 to June 1995. Paul’s father was very civic minded and taught Paul about voting and community involvement, but himself was neither involved in politics nor was he a member of the Social Credit party. Paul’s mother was a friend of Shirley Barrett, wife of Dave Barrett (MLA) for Coquitlam riding where Paul and family lived.

Initially, Paul became involved in the 1979 provincial election in Burnaby-Edmonds Social Credit campaign office out of curiosity and after election he became more active participant. Paul introduced the idea of a monthly newsletter for the fledging BC Social Credit Youth Auxiliary. The Party took notice and the newsletter went on to be the longest running newsletter within BC Social Credit.

Paul joined the Burnaby Edmonds Social Credit Constituency Association, became a Director, and rose to be Membership Secretary and later Association Secretary and Vice President. He also was on of the founding Directors of the reconstructed BC Young Socreds and contributed greatly in many ways to the group that started with 35 members and rose to about 3100 in the early 1990s.

Paul received the highest award in BC Social Credit, an Honorary Life Membership in 1990 and highest award in the BC Young Socreds also in 1990. He had received awards of recognition of service from Burnaby Willingdon and also North Vancouver Seymour.

Paul had served in the capacity of Constituency Vice President, being a Regional Returning Officer, and officiating at nomination meetings and annual general meetings. He had volunteered in three leadership campaigns, and three provincial elections at the riding level, and six by-elections. He was a part in the pioneering of using merged voter information to telephone number based databases and also in the use of GIS printed maps for campaigning. He also developed instruction materials for demographic analysis and past election analysis for campaigns.

Thesen, Sharon

  • Person
  • 1946-

Sharon Thesen, also known as Sharon Fawcett, was born in Saskatchewan on October 1, 1946. She is a Canadian poet who lives in Lake Country, British Columbia. A graduate of Simon Fraser University (B.A. English, 1970 and M.A. English, 1975), in the late 1960s and early 1970s she was involved in the production of Iron magazine (1967?-1971) edited by her then-husband Brian Fawcett and others. She also participated in the production of Iron II (1975-1976), edited mainly by Brett Enemark. Thesen taught for many years at Capilano College in North Vancouver, where she edited The Capilano Review. She also took part in a teaching exchange with Dawson College (1980) and was a writer-in-residence at Concordia University (1992). In 2003, Thesen was a judge for the Griffin Poetry Prize. She taught Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia (Okanagan) from about 2005 until her retirement in 2012. Since then, she has been teaching poetry through her own Pinecone Poetry Workshops.

Thesen has been nominated and has won several awards for her writing, including the Governor General's Literary Award in poetry for "Selected Poems: The Vision Tree" (1982, won; 1984 & 1987, nominated), the BC Book Award for "News and Smoke: Selected Poems" (2000, won), and the Pat Lowther Memorial Award for "A Pair of Scissors: Poems" (2001, won).

Sharon Thesen's bibliography includes the following books:
The Wig-Maker (co-written by Janet Gallant). New Star Books, 2021.
The Receiver. Vancouver: New Star Books, 2017.
Oyama Pink Shale. Toronto: Anansi, 2011.
From Toledo. (Chapbook). Prince George, BC: Gorse Press, 2007.
Scrap Book. (Chapbook). Edmonton, AB: The Olive Reading Series Collective, 2006.
Weeping Willow. (Chapbook). Vancouver: Nomados, 2005.
The Good Bacteria. Toronto: Anansi, 2005.
A Pair of Scissors. Toronto: Anansi, 2000.
News & Smoke, Selected Poems. Vancouver: Talon, 1999.
Aurora. Toronto: Coach House, 1995.
Po-It-Tree: A Selection of Poems and Commentary. (Chapbook). Burnaby: SFU, 1992.
The Pangs of Sunday, Selected Poems. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1990.
The Imagination of Awakening. Monograph. Archai 2, 1973.The Beginning of the Long Dash. Toronto: Coach House, 1987.
Confabulations: Poems for Malcolm Lowry. Lantzville, BC: Oolichan, 1984.
Holding the Pose. Toronto: Coach House, 1983.
Sheet Music. (Chapbook). Burnaby: SFU, 1982.
Radio New France Radio. (Chapbook). Vancouver: Slug Press, 1981.
Artemis Hates Romance. Toronto: Coach House Press, 1980.

She has also been an editor for the following books:
After Completion: The Later Letters of Charles Olson and Frances Boldereff. With Ralph Maud. Talon Books, 2012.
The New Long Poem Anthology, 2nd Ed. Talon Books, 2001.
Charles Olson and Frances Boldereff: A Modern Correspondence. With Ralph Maud. Wesleyan U. Press, 1999.
The New Long Poem Anthology. House of Anansi Press, 1991.

Please note: this bibliography was taken directly from poetrycanada.org, with addendums of publication dates for edited books and addition of Janet Gallant as co-author of The Wig Maker by the archivist.

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