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Shawn Bird (BA, MEd) is a high school English teacher, an author, and a poet in the beautiful Shuswap region of British Columbia. She has written a ‘noir-vella’ Murdering Mr. Edwards, published by Coffin Hop Press, the YA novel series Grace Awakening and several books of poetry. In her spare time, she trick trains her talented miniature poodle, plays the harp, and serves her community with Shuswap Rotary Club.
Shawn Bird (BA, MEd) is an English teacher, author, and poet. Since her first novel was published in 2010, she has published 14 novellas, novels, short story or poetry books. She has been published in anthologies including Writing Better Fiction: Craft Tips From Some of Canada’s Best Writers and Editors.
Her short stories have been short-listed for the SiWC Storyteller Award or the Okanagan Short Story contest six times.
Her novel Grace Awakening Dreams and Power was nominated for the Whistler Independent Book Award and her novella Murdering Mr. Edwards was nominated in the Lou Allin Memorial Best Crime Novella category of the 2019 Arthur Ellis Crime Writing Awards.
She is infamous for her footwear which led to collaborating with Nikolette Jones on the series Nikki Knox and her Shoes that Rock.
Shawn plays the harp (rarely) and trains her miniature poodle towards titles in agility, rally obedience, and tricks. She has an amazing husband and a couple of intriguing progeny.
General introduction of Shawn. (45 seconds)
Introduction themed for library events. (1 minute)
Article “Beginning” in Writing Better Fiction. ed. Brent Nichols. 2019. In Places Between Press. ISBN 978-1086454246
Story “Bob” in In Places Between: The very best short fiction from When Words Collide. 2019. (No ISBN)
Story in On the Shores of Shuswap Lake
3 poems in Runo Päivässä–Poem a Day. Kanttarelli Publishing, Finland. 2014. ISBN 978-952-7052-04-4
After #8. 2019 ISBN 978-1999050917 (YA novella)
Nikki Knox and the Line of Chalk 2019 (short story chapbook)
Back at You. 2019. ISBN 978-19990509-0-0 (YA novella)
Nikki Knox and her Sidekick Kip. 2019 (short story chapbook)
Murdering Mr. Edwards Coffin Hop Press. 2018. ISBN 978-1-988987-04-0 E-ISBN 978-1-988987-05-7 (‘noirvella’ & interlinked short story collection)
123 Prompts for Poets & Novelists. 2018. ISBN 978-0-9920052-6-9
Nikki Knox and her Shoes that Rock 2018. (short story chapbook)
2011 (Poetry chapbook, 2013) ISBN 978-09920052-0-7
Grace Awakening Dreams and Power (paperback, 2012) ISBN 978-09877296-2-0
2010 (Poetry chapbook, 2013)
Grace Awakening Power (ebook, 2011) ISBN 978-09877296-1-3
A Year in Love (Poetry e-chapbook 2011) ISBN 978-09877296-3-7
Grace Awakening Dreams (ebook, 2010) ISBN 978-09877296-0-6
- Master of Education (University of British Columbia). Capstone project: The Poet Teacher.
- Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Education (Simon Fraser University).
- Bachelor of Arts in English (Athabasca University).
- Shuswap Rotary Club of Salmon Arm (President: 2008-9, 2018-19, Co-president: 2019-20)
- BC Teachers’ Federation
- Federation of BC Writers.
- North Okanagan Shuswap Teachers Association
- Shuswap Association of Writers
You can email her directly through the form on the Contact page