Current Biography

Sharon Charde, a retired psychotherapist, won first prize in the 2014 Rash Awards, sponsored by Broad River Review, and first, second, and third prizes as well as honorable mentions in the 2010, 2011, and 2012 Poetry Society of New Hampshire contests, first prize in the 2010 Matt Clark contest sponsored by New Delta Review, honorable mention in contests sponsored by Maryland Poetry Review, the Hannah Kahn Poetry Foundation, and the 2004 Al Savard Memorial Poetry Contest sponsored by the CT Poetry Society, and both Amherst Writers and Artists 2012 and 2014 contests. She was a finalist in the 2001 and 2004 Comstock Review contests, in the 2012 and 2013 Rash Award Contest for Broad River Review, and a Special Merit winner in the 2009 and 2014 Comstock Review contest, as well as the 2003 Hill-Stead Museum’s Sunken Garden contest. She has been nominated seven times for the Pushcart Prize. She won third prize in a 2003 contest sponsored by the Ct. Poetry Society and first prize in Dallas Poets Community 2007 Contest along with two finalists in the same contest, second prize in the 2008 Al Savard Memorial Poetry Competition, third prize in the 2009 CT Poetry Society contest, Honorable Mention in the 2010 CT Poetry Society contest  and the 2011 Passager contest and semi-finalist in the 2009, 2014, and 2016 Naugatuck River Review Contest.

Sharon has been published in the Ct. River Review, Calyx, Comstock Review, The Homestead Review, Poeticas, Voices In Italian America, Women’s Studies Quarterly, Crosscurrents , The White Pelican Review, Caduceus, Illya’s Honey, Ping Pong, Common Ground Review, Long River Run, The Paterson Literary Review, Touch, A Journal Of Healing, Chickenpinata, PMS (poememoirstory), Rattle, Poet Lore, the Poet Touchstone and the Naugatuck River Review, Re-Union, Broad River Review, the Sow’s Ear, The Mom Egg, Mudfish, The Great River Review, Passager, Roar, and Freshwater Review, as well as a number of prose and poetry anthologies. She has edited an anthology of poetry, I Am Not A Juvenile Delinquent, which won the 2005 PASS (Prevention For A Safer Society) award in literature by The National Council On Crime And Delinquency in Oakland, CA. Her chapbook, Bad Girl At The Altar Rail, won first prize in the Flume Press (California State University) competition and was published in the fall of 2005. A second chapbook, Four Trees Down From Ponte Sisto, won the Dallas Community Poets Contest in 2006 and was published in December. Her full-length collection, Branch In His Hand, was published by Backwaters Press in November 2008 and a review of that book was published in  a 2010 issue of Calyx. It has been adapted as a radio drama by the BBC, broadcast in the spring of 2012, starring Anne Undeland and written by Gregory Whitehead. In 2014 she won honorable mention from Finishing Line Press, which published the chapbook After Blue. Also in 2014 she won first prize in the Ruby Irene chapbook contest, and Arcadia Magazine published Incendiary.

In 2005 she was presented with the first Litchfield Country Inge Morath Award, for her creativity and the significant impact she has had on social development in the arts. In April of 2007 she received the “Making A Difference For Women Award” from the Soroptimist organization, Waterbury CT Chapter, for her work with the young women of Touchstone. In 2006 she was invited by Trinity University in Washington DC to be the second annual Sower’s Seed Lecturer (an invitation extended to alumnae who have distinguished themselves by working in social outreach careers), and has been awarded fellowships to the Vermont Studio Center, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, The MacDowell Colony, and the Corporation of Yaddo.

Sharon has led women’s writing groups and retreats in Lakeville, CT and Block Island, RI since 1990. From 1999 -2014 she taught creative writing at Touchstone, a residential treatment center for adjudicated teenaged girls in Litchfield, CT, and in 2001 she began a merged group with the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville. She has also led womens' poetry groups at the Resettlement Project in Hartford as well as Mercy Housing and Shelter program. She has written a memoir, The Girls And Me, about her work with the Touchstone and Hotchkiss groups, and has completed a new full-length poetry collection, "The Glass is Alreaady Broken." Sharon lives in Lakeville, Connecticut with her husband of fifty-two years.