Sharon L. Charde

68 Reservoir Road
Lakeville, CT 06039

Sharon Charde, a retired family therapist, is a writing teacher who has been published over 65 times in journals and anthologies and has won a number of awards for her poems, including seven Pushcart nominations. She has edited and published an anthology of poetry, I Am Not A Juvenile Delinquent, the product of her weekly writing workshops at Touchstone, a residential treatment facility where she has volunteered since 1999. She won first prize in the Flume Press 2005 chapbook competition, and Bad Girl At The Altar Rail was published in September 2005. Four Trees Down From Ponte Sisto, a chapbook of poems about her son’s death and its aftermath, won first prize from the Dallas Poets Community in 2006. In 2008, Backwaters Press published her full-length collection, Branch In His Hand, which has been adapted with related poems by the BBC as a radio drama, broadcast in June 2012. An honorable mention from Finishing Line Press published her After Blue in 2014, and she won another first prize in the 2014 Ruby Irene chapbook contest sponsored by Arcadia Magazine, which pubished Incendiary in 2015. She won the first Litchfield County Inge Morath Award in 2005, given for the significant social impact she has had in the arts, and the “Making A Difference For Women Award“ from Soroptimist International of Greater Waterbury, CT in 2007. The “Sharon Charde Poetry Garden“ at the Touchstone facility was dedicated to her on July 9, 2009, in honor of her many years of service there. Sharon has received fellowships to both the Vermont Studio Center, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and The MacDowell Colony. She has led women’s writing retreats in Lakeville, CT and Block Island, Rhode Island since 1990. Sharon has two sons, three grandsons, and has lived in Lakeville, CT with her husband John since 1970.