Vanessa on Television!

Here I am on Scribes & Songsters – a local show highlighting writers and musicians.

Short Bio – Fun

Hi! I’m a mother, writer, lover, ballet dancer, swimmer…and so much more! I love to write poetry, and that’s what’s been published the most, but I also blog, and write longer things like plays, novels, screenplays, and even a song or two. The truth is if I’m not writing and working on something creative, then I’m grumpy and sad and feel not quite human. Being busy is an addiction I’m working on, but it keeps me in classrooms, on stages and in my community passionately living the life of a feminist woman, proud of being a mother, poet and writer. I haven’t won any fancy awards and although that sometimes makes me cry, mostly it doesn’t mean much. I write because I have to feel alive. I may not always be the smartest cookie in the room, but I sure do have the biggest heart. And, at the heart of all I write is love.

Short Bio – Poem

In 200 words or less
I am no less or no more
than all the best words in the world
the ones that twist tie tickle
your tongue
I am that woman who
bleeds her love and fear
onto pages for you to read
to vampire suck this marrow
in verse    inhale be brave
always turn the page
i am asking you to
look at her me you him us
to feel your breath on
the breath of the wind
call it to you
to listen
so listen
In 200 words or less
I am

Short Bio – Formal

Shields has made her home, her family and her work life flourish in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Her passion for writing was discovered at a very young age through the vein of writing in a journal. Her first book, Laughing Through A Second Pregnancy – A Memoir, was published by Black Moss Press in 2011 to rave reviews. In April 2013, Shields edited a poetry anthology entitled, Whisky Sour City (Black Moss Press). I Am That Woman (Black Moss Press), her first book of poetry, was published in January 2014, and had its third printing in 2015. Look At Her (Black Moss Press) launched in September 2016, and went into its second printing in December 2016. In 2017, Shields was part of a Group of Seven poets published in an anthology about the history of Windsor, entitled ‘Because We Have All Lived Here’ (Black Moss Press).

She writes a monthly blog for the League of Canadian Poets on being a writing parent. She is passionate about promoting poetry and the writing life, and is often on a jury (or two!) for major awards and/or contests.

Her poetry, short stories and photography have been published in various literary magazines. She mentors, guest speaks and teaches creative writing, and does Poetry On Demand -f on-the-spot poetry-writing that helps make poetry fun and accessible for all. As creator and host of Mouth Piece Storytelling, a storytelling competition, Shields is able to share her love of storytelling with her community.



Short hair is sexy. Photo credit: Me!


Me doing Poetry On Demand. Photo credit: Courtney Bishop