Shelley Haggard: Malaspina Food Service Worker Turns Poet

May 8, 1996 - 5:00pm

Shelley Haggard, a Malaspina University-College food service worker for the past six years, has fulfilled another of her artistic dreams, that of being a published poet.

This year one of her poems titled "If" was published by the Poetry Institute of Canada in its Pictorial Press edition for 1995, "Reflections By Moonlight." Haggard responded to a nation-wide poetry competition and had her submission accepted for publication in the Institute's annual poetry collection featuring 2,500 Canadian poets.

"If" was written when Haggard was a student at Malaspina and for years the poem sat in a drawer with 400 others until she mustered the courage to submit it. Haggard said, "I've been a closet poet for ages and lately, bit by bit, I've gained the confidence to move on with my artistic life. It feels very satisfying."

As to the future Haggard said, "More publishing, drawing and theatre. Also I'm thinking of going back to school to learn hairdressing and makeup for theatre. Having raised a 19-year old boy as a single-parent, it's time for me now."

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