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Sharon Hanson

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Sharon began her writing career in East St. Louis, Illinois at age seven when she composed, bound and illustrated a short story (fiction). She soon turned her talent toward art, photography, and poetry. In college and in later life her poems appeared in various literary journals, among them River Styx, Helicon Nine, and The Sou-wester; her first professional feature article was purchased by The East St. Louis Journal newspaper.

Upon graduating from college she accepted a copy editor position for a St. Louis publishing house, and later became a commercial writer for a university publications office in Illinois, and managing editor of Florida’s Elegance Magazine.

Sharon established a small press business in Missouri when personal circumstances led her to become a surrogate parent. She was publicity officer and newsletter editor of the Missouri Writers Guild, and served a term as its vice-president and president. She’s written op eds, features, and book reviews for Bloomsbury Review, The Ruminator, Columbia Tribune, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Kansas City Star, business journals and other publications.

Her biography The LIfe of Helen Stephens: The Fulton Flash was published in 2004. Other titles are: Katy Trail: From Jefferson City to Boonville (1992); Art Museums & Galleries in Missouri (1994). She was senior anthology editor of Memories & Memoirs (2000); Tyrant’s Tears (1990, poems by Betty Cook Rottmann); and Missouri Women Writers (1987).

Sharon is a member of the National Writers Union and statewide Missouri Writers Guild and its Columbia chapter. She is writing a speculative nonfiction work titled Voices: Ever Insurgent and compiling a collection of her published and unpublished poems titled Life Lines.