About Vanessa Shields
I was born and raised in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Though I had adventures elsewhere on several occasions (lived six months in Kelowna, British Columbia, and I did some serious couch hopping in Toronto), I chose to come home and stay in Windsor for love and family and dreams. Windsor is a place to have big dreams and make them come true!
I’ve been writing and reading for as long as I can remember. It’s always been a dream to have a space where people could come to gather to write and talk about writing…and to read and talk about books.
I’ve experienced places like this all over the world with different groups of people and, even, sometimes in the solitude of a walk down a cobblestoned street or sitting at my dining room table (like right now as I’m writing this!) in my home after a fat rain fall.
My soul expresses itself best in writing. I know I’m not alone in this feeling, in this important need to communicate with words. Writing is home for my soul outside of my body. Gertrude’s Writing Room is a place for my soul to unleash. I hope that’s what it can be for yours as well.
Know that I am dedicated to giving pages to all the words. Mine. And yours too. So this is the biography bit that tells you that’s who I am as a writer – a friend, an inspiration, a teacher, a hugger, a challenger, a reader, a lasso to wrap around your soul and pull out (gently, of course) those words that need to be expressed. I’ve always felt this way about writing, and I want to share this love of words with you.
Poet Laureate of Windsor
On May 9, 2022, I was officially named Windsor's next Poet Laureate, and will hold the role until 2026.
To learn more about this incredible opportunity, please visit my website:
Published List of Books
Laughing Through A Second Pregnancy, 2011, Published by Black Moss Press (Out of Stock)
I Am That Woman, 2014, Published by Black Moss Press
Whisky Sour City, 2014, (Editor), Published by Black Moss Press
Look At Her, 2016, Published by Black Moss Press
Because We Have All Lived Here, 2017, (Contributor), Published by Black Moss Press
thimbles, 2021, Published by Palimpsest Press
The Writing Resume
The best place to find my most up-to-date resume is HERE.
My personal website
To visit my personal website and learn more about me,