SHARON THESEN was born in Saskatchewan and grew up in small towns across western Canada. She lived in Vancouver until 2003 and now lives in Lake Country, BC. She is Emeritus Professor of Creative Writing at UBC’s Okanagan campus and the author of several books of poetry, the most recent being The Good Bacteria (2005) and Oyama Pink Shale (2011). The Receiver, will be published in 2017 by New Star Books.