Born in Philadelphia, Sharon Gibson Palermo now lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She holds a B.A. and M. Ed. from Boston University and a M.A. Ed. from Mt. St. Vincent University in Halifax. Palermo’s short story “I Am Hilda Burrows” won first prize in the 1991 Thistledown Press short story competition and was subsequently published in The Blue Jean Collection(Thistledown, 1992). Palermo has also published a book titled Chestnuts for the Brave (Nimbus, 1991), as well as several articles on teaching.