Fonds 1060 - Sharon Nelson Fonds

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Sharon Nelson Fonds

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CA JPL-A 1060

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  • 1991-1995 (Creation)
    Nelson, Sharon, 1948-2016

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Contains 0.6m of textual records.

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Sharon H. Nelson was a feminist poet, editor, teacher, and journalist born on January 2, 1948. Nelson's extensive writing career took numerous shapes including poems, essays, plays, political analyses, and literary reviews; she also worked in theatre groups and collaborated on choreography for the performance group Logokinesis. Her first book, "A Broken Vessel," was published in 1972; she would go on to write several more over the course of the 1970s and 1980s. Nelson offered Concordia University's first women's poetry workshop through Concordia's Women's Centre, and occasionally taught poetry and nonfiction writing workshops at both Concordia and the University of British Columbia; her own poems were anthologized in publications in Canada and internationally. Nelson cofounded the Women's Caucus of the League of Canadian Poets, worked as Managing Editor of Metonymy Productions (a company specializing in the production of technical literature), and served as a cultural policies analyst and adviser to a number of organizations, emphasizing a feminist perspective. She was married to her husband Peter Grogono for 44 years. She passed away in 2016.

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The fonds contains a number of revised and edited drafts of many of Nelson's poetry compilations, including Family Scandals (1991), Grasping Men's Metaphors (1993), and The Work of Our Hands (1998). The records demonstrate the processes by which Nelson revised her own drafts, shared her revisions with friends and colleagues, and played with formatting and layout.

The fonds also contains some correspondence Nelson exchanged with previous archivists at the Jewish Public Library Archives, programs for addresses given by Nelson and speech notes, and several essays by and about Nelson.

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The materials were donated to the Jewish Public Library Archives by Sharon Nelson in 4 accruals between 1991 and 1994.


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    This description was created by Processing Archivist Kate Moore in July 2022.

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    • English

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