from depression dumps
years of lavender
like apothecary wine;
We rummage together
A native Montanan whose ancestors homesteaded on the Hi-Line, Sheila Vosen-Shorten is rooted to the land, culture and spiritual qualities of rural Montana and her people. She has lived in Bozeman, Mt. since 1992, with her husband Perry, where they built mandolins and sculpt pottery.
In September of 1998 she won the Mother Lode Golden Nugget Award for poetry. She is a member of Treasure State Writers and her work has been published in the TSW Inkslinger. Sheila enjoys reading her poetry at the Cowboy Poetry Gatherings in Lewistown, Mt. and has shared her poetry-slide presentation, called "Sacred Places," at various locations in Bozeman and Sheridan, Mt. She loves the process of writing and is currently working on short stories based on life in Northeastern Montana.