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Sarah Sheard is a Canadian writer and editor. She was born in Toronto and educated at York University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music) in 1977. She also studied conversational Japanese at the University of Toronto in 1983-1984. Sheard has had numerous writing-related occupations. She was a creative writing instructor for various Toronto area high schools (1980-1988), and from 1980 onwards she has been a guest lecturer on creative writing at several Ontario colleges, including York University's Glendon College and the Humber School of Creative Writing. She has also been a writer-in-residence at the Bolton Public Library (1988) and electronic writer-in-residence at Dr. Marian Hilliard Secondary School. Sheard was the Ontario representative of the Literary Press Group (1980-1981) and the Toronto Book Fair executive in 1983 and 1984. She has been a member of the editorial board of Coach House Press since 1979. Sheard's fiction and non-fiction has been published in a variety of periodical and anthologies. Her first novel, "Almost Japanese", has been published in 8 languages. In addition to her literary career, Sheard obtained a Master of Arts in counselling psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology and has practised as a psychotherapist since 1995, specializing in Gestalt therapy.