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About Shawn May 4, 2010
Shawn Bird is a high school English teacher and librarian, an author, and a poet in the beautiful Shuswap region of British Columbia. She loves her students and amazing colleagues at the small but mighty Eagle River Secondary. Shawn is a Graduate student in the Faculty of Education at University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus. She is represented by literary agent Amy Tompkins of Transatlantic Agency.
Shawn is the author of the Grace Awakening series set in Calgary and the Shuswap region of BC. While technically a YA (Young Adult) novel, it crosses genres and ages. Grace Awakening is first love meeting ancient myth. Check out the details on the Grace Awakening page linked above.
Shawn is big into federations. She 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 Past President and Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary Club of Salmon Arm (Shuswap) and 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) weekly non-sectarian Rotary Invocations, as well.
She has one handsome, amazing, thoughtful husband (he does laundry!), two unique and independent human children, and two appropriately worshipful, delightfully curly canine children. The canine children used to number three, but one is buried in the back yard now. 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! 🙂 She sometimes posts snippets of her work in progress there. You know you want to see that! Thanks for coming by!
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