Shawn Bird (BA, MEd) is a high school English teacher, author, and poet in the beautiful Shuswap region of British Columbia.
Shawn is the author of several novellas, novels, short stories and poetry collections. Her novella length interconnected noir short story collection Murdering Mr. Edwards (Coffin Hop Press April 2018) was nominated for an Arthur Ellis Crime Writers Award. Her YA fantasy series Grace Awakening set in Calgary and the Shuswap region of BC was nominated for a Whistler Independent Book Award. She has been represented by Transatlantic Agency in Toronto.
Shawn is a member of both the BC Teachers’ Federation and the Federation of BC Writers. For good measure, she is also a member of the North Okanagan Shuswap Teachers Association and the Shuswap Association of Writers, since it is always good to associate with other teachers and writers!
Shawn is a member of the Rotary Club of Salmon Arm (Shuswap) She has been club president twice. She is a Paul Harris Fellow (+1). She is a former Rotary Youth Exchange Student to Finland. This suggests that people believe she is a responsible member of society. She is conversationally fluent in two languages besides English, and dabbles at a variety of others. She loves language and communicating across cultures. Shawn moderates a blog of (theoretically) monthly non-sectarian Rotary Invocations, as well.
She has one handsome, amazing, thoughtful husband (he does laundry!), two unique and independent human children, one very smart miniature poodle puppy (who earned his Novice Trick Dog title at 8 months old and at 20 months had his Advanced Trick Dog title) not to mention the million memories made by three funny, worshipful, delightfully curly canine children, now all buried in the back yard. There are no human children buried in the back yard.
You may notice the harp in the back of the poodle photo. Shawn used to play the harp much better than she does now, but unfortunately, to continue to play well it is necessary to practise! BC harpists will remember Shawn from her years of writing for the now defunct BC Harps Newsletter and her activity on the MIT Harp List, also defunct and much mourned. If you’re curious, click on VIDEOs at right >> There are few videos of Shawn playing now that she’s occasionally practising again.
Shawn likes to create. She knits, sews, does embroidery, paints, and collects shoes, particularly shoes that are functional art, like those made by John Fluevog! You will find examples of her assorted projects throughout the blog. (See the Project section).
You are cordially invited to join Shawn’s Facebook Fan page. It could really use someone with your enthusiasm brightening it up! 🙂 You may also want to pop over to her new Wattpad site (www.wattpad.com/ShawnLBird to see the stories she’s posted there. Thanks for coming by! Spend some time exploring, and come back soon!
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