Anna Shannon (she/her) is a creative and technical writer and editor. Her Treaty 7 home of Calgary/Mohkinstsis is located on the hereditary homelands of the Niitsitapi (the Blackfoot Confederacy: Siksika, Piikani, Kainai), the Îyârhe Nakoda, and Tsuut’ina Nations, as well as the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3.
Anna is available for contract work in technical writing and editing. Services include writing copy (web, articles), corporate governance items (minutes, terms of reference, policies, guidelines), speaking remarks, technical instructions, copyediting, proofreading and structural editing. Contact her for more information.
Current creative works in progress:
The Lady Photographer (working title)
When Alice is expected to give up portrait photography to marry into Quebec City’s world of commercial trade, she elopes with celebrated photographer Oliver Buell, who can show her the world. On a photo expedition through the Canadian west, she finds herself embroiled in the 1885 North West Rebellion, but instead of using her professional skills to capture history-in-the-making, she is relegated to the roles society, and her husband, deem appropriate. Determined to make a name for herself, she challenges the status quo only to discover a truth about her husband that could destroy the life she’s determined to live. Will Alice choose societal respect, or will she fight to win professional respect, no matter the consequences?
The Grand Spectacular: The Life and Work of Entertainer and Photographic Artist Oliver Brown Buell (working title)
Oliver Brown Buell was a photographer whose iconic images of Canada in the 19th Century are widely recognized. Who is the man who showed Canadians their new country, through his travelling ‘illuminated lectures’?
Born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts in 1844, Oliver called Canada home for most of his life. From 1873-1910, he built a reputation on commercial photography, winning one of three official contracts to photograph the completion of the westward expansion of the Canadian Pacific Railway. His images of the trial of Louis Riel, and Chiefs Big Bear, Crowfoot, Poundmaker, and Whitecap are part of our nation’s identity. His ‘entertainments’, which were photography lectures on large-format screens, showed the world our nascent nation, with images from the Pacific to the Atlantic, and were used to promote immigration and tourism.
Since the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, his photographs of Indigenous subjects have been increasingly reproduced by the news media. And while historians have praised his work for its superior quality and unique artistry, there remains great mystery surrounding his career and his life.
The Grand Spectacular: The Life and Work of Entertainer and Photographic Artist Oliver Brown Buell will introduce readers to an important, and until now overlooked, figure in Canadian history.
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Anna Shannon (she/her) has been published in The Coachella Review, Remington Review, The Existere Journal of Arts and Literature, and more. She is a writer and editor living in Calgary, Alberta on Treaty 7 land.
Anna is a proud member of the Writers’ Union of Canada, the Writers’ Guild of Alberta, The Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society, the Creative Nonfiction Collective Society, and the Alberta Historical Society.
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