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POET
LAUREATE
VANESSA SHIELDS

WINDSOR,ON
2022-2026

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Vanessa Shields

poet laureate of windsor, Ontario, CANADA 2022-26

"…the words have life, and that is all there is to good writing, putting down on the paper words which dance and weep and make love and fight and kiss and perform miracles.”
Gertrude Stein

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MISSION STATEMENT

I commit to reading, writing, and promoting poetry; to strengthen the public's relationship with poetry and literature with kindness, inclusivity, safety, respectfulness and enthusiastic engagement; and to be an ambassador to the written word at events near and far whilst expressing Windsor's unique voices and stories.

 

mission in community

MY THREE PHASE PLAN

outreach

PHASE 1:
let's love local!

Grass roots, on the ground, in the city engagement with the people, places, events, identity and life of our great city through the arts, culture and heritage paths. I will write poetry and promote literacy in our neighbourhoods by writing in public places. I will focus on the intersection of identities, cultural diversity and connections. My goal is to get to know our city more intimately through its tastes, sounds, places and people with the intention of beginning new relationships where poetry is at the heart our connections.

collaborative sustainability

PHASE 2: 
let's cultivate!

Cultivating relationships created in phase one. Engaging in committed collaborative actions within the arts, culture and heritage communities with the intention of sustaining new events, connections and love. Expanding partnerships with local writers and storytellers, festivals, city celebrations and more! Gathering poetry written during Phase 1 initiatives for sharing and publication.

extension

PHASE 3:
let's show the world!

Inviting and engaging poets, spoken word artists and literacy specialists into our city for events, including a new and exciting annual Poetry Festival. Traveling to communities near and far to share Windsor's poetic stories. Doing my best to ensure that the country and the *world* knows that Windsor is here – a city with thriving arts and culture to write in, to read in, to story tell in, to love in!

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How poems are made - the inspirations and the words.

The Witness Windsor Poetry Initiative is my commitment to writing poetry in the community. I will visit neighbourhoods, places, spaces, libraries, parks, benches and businesses – and write poetry. I will be a witness and gather stories in our communities and put them to poetry. I will engage with you, write poetry on demand with you, and together, we will experience the power of poetry. 

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Local events, school visits, writing classes, workshops and more! 

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LUNCH WITH MARY ANN

Wherein past Poet Laureate Mary Ann Mulhern and I feast together at various restaurants in Windsor and then write poetry about our experience. 

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EKPHRASTIC POETRY INITIATIVE

Local artists send images of their visual art and I write a poem in response. 

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POETRY FOR POETRY'S SAKE

Poems I write just because...

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Rose City Poets
My Favs

My favourite literary things, from writers to mugs to comforts.

Coming Soon!

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Inspiration

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Local Literary Scene

Coming Soon!

From a directory of local poets and writers to literary events and staples in Windsor - here's a great starting place for all things literary in the Rose City!

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Gertrude's Writing Room

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WINDSOR POETRY FESTIVAL

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