Writing Resume

EMPLOYMENT

Present

Freelance Writer/Editor

• Offer editing/mentor-style services to writers

• Write non-fiction articles for various magazines

Poetry Editor – Literary Magazine

2015-2017 March – Poetry Editor for The Windsor Review

Blog – Personal

Present

League of Canadian Poets – Blog – Column ‘The Writing Parent’

Present

Producer, Suede Productions Inc.

• Office administration

• Casting

• Organizing film & television commercials, videos

Sept. 2103 – Sept. 2014 – Assistant to the Publisher, Black Moss Press

• Editing

• Liaising with authors

• Marketing & Promotions – posters, flyers, press releases, press kits

• Maintaining social media sites

• Scheduling and/or organizing literary events

PUBLISHED WORK

BOOKS

WRITER

September 2017 – Because We Have All Lived Here – Poems Along the South Shore, Poetry Anthology, Editor: John B. Lee, Black Moss Press, ISBN 978-0-088753-584-o

September 2016 – Look At Her – Poetry – Black Moss Press, ISBN 978-0-088753-565-9

June 2016 – Poetry On Demand – Chimszuk Museum Edition, A Beautiful Place Publishing, ISBN:9780981256948 (Self-published)

January 2015 – Poetry On Demand Volume 3, Chapbook, A Beautiful Place Publishing, ISBN: 9780981256924 (Self-published), Poetry On Demand – Tall Ships Edition, Chapbook, A Beautiful Place Publishing, ISBN: 9780981256931

January 2014 – I Am That Woman, Poetry, Black Moss Press, ISBN 9780887535307

August 2013 – Poetry On Demand Volume 2, Chapbook, A Beautiful Place Publishing, ISBN 9780981256917 (Self-published)

April 2013 – Whisky Sour City, Poetry Anthology, Black Moss Press, ISBN 088753516X/978-0887535161

August 2012 – Poetry On Demand Volume 1, Chapbook, A Beautiful Place Publishing, ISBN 9780981256900 (Self-published)

April 2011 – Laughing Through A Second Pregnancy – A Memoir, Black Moss Press, ISBN 0887534821/978-0887534829

EDITOR

PRESENT

2015-2017 March – Poetry Editor for The Windsor Review

Fall 2015 – Windsor Review – Guest Poetry Editor – ‘Borders’

July 2015 – Lesley Strutt, poetry

February 2015 – Unseen Realities, Fiction, Gordon Stallard

  • Poetry/Prose – For Fall 2014

The War Poems: Screaming At Heaven, Black Moss Press

The Way the Light Enters, Black Moss Press

Red Letter Day, Black Moss Press

Time of the Last Goal: Why Hockey Is Our Game, Black Moss Press Poetry – 2013

Book of Blue, Black Moss Press

Glass Beads, Black Moss Press

Blame It On The Moon, Black Moss Press

BLOGS/ON-LINE PUBLICATIONS

Currently

Personal Blog/Website

www.vanessashields.com

Mouth Piece Storytelling

www.mouthpiecestories.com

League of Canadian Poets

January 2017 – Illness, Kids and the Creative Process

http://poets.ca/2017/02/06/the-writing-parent-illness-kids-and-the-creative-process/

December 2016 – Christmas Catch-Up

http://poets.ca/2017/01/09/the-writing-parent-christmas-catch-up/

September 14, 2016 – The Financial Reality of Getting A Book Published

http://poets.ca/2016/09/14/the-writing-parent-the-financial-reality-of-being-published/

August 8, 2016 – The Unbreakable School Bond

http://poets.ca/2016/08/04/the-writing-parent-the-unbreakable-school-bond/

July 12, 2016 – Book Review – A Housecoat Remains by Tina Biello

http://poets.ca/2016/07/12/review-a-housecoat-remains-by-tina-biello/

July 5, 2016 – The Truth About Travel

http://poets.ca/2016/07/05/the-writing-parent-the-truth-about-travel/

May 25, 2016 – Ask The Kids

http://poets.ca/2016/05/25/the-writing-parent-ask-the-kids/

March 16, 2016 – The Staggering Reality of Process Gone Mad

http://poets.ca/2016/03/16/staggering-reality-of-process-gone-mad/

February 19, 2016 -Dancing the Duality

http://poets.ca/2016/02/19/the-writing-parent-dancing-in-the-duality/

March 11,2 016 – League of Canadian Poets – The Jury’s In – Field Notes From a Jury Junkie

http://poets.ca/2016/03/10/the-jurys-in-field-notes-from-a-jury-junkie/#more-5194

June 24, 2015,  Cede Poetry – On-line poetry magazine, Vol.1 No.1, pg.24-25

Various Other

November 2013 Offside E-zine, The Last Word, pg.17-18

November 2013 Offside –E-zine, Poetry, Visitation

August 2012 http://www.liberatingworkingmoms.com – The Business of Motherhood

2011-2013 The Windsor Star Newspaper/Post Media – ‘Mom Blog’ published 1-2 times a week

POETRY

April 2017 – NPM – A Celebration of Women, Angel House Press, http://www.NationalPoetryMonth.ca 2017: A Celebration of Women – April 18, 2017 – Skin

Verse Afire Jan. to April 2017 – For Barb, reprint from Poetry on Demand

Dec 2016 – Overture – A New Collection of Canadian Poetry, Polar Expressions Publishing, pg. 30, Winding Road

Oct 2016 – Erotic Haiku:  II., III., IV, Subterranean Blue Poetry

Sept 2016 – VerseAfire – Black & White Issue, white dress

May – Sept 2016 – Vol. 2 – Verse Afire, TOPS, Window (Reprint)

Jan. 2016 – Ultra-Short Poetry Anthology, Runner-Up – ‘Say AWE’, The Ontario Poetry Society

Jan.- April 2016 Vol. 1 – VerseAfire, Poem – Afternoon Showers, Pelee Island

October 2015 – Scattered Ecstasies, The Marrow and The Bone, Sho Art & Spirit

Sept – Dec. 2015 – VerseAfire, The Ontario Poetry Society, not without complaint (reprint)

August 2015 – Mind Shadows A Canadian Anthology of Poetry, The Ontario Poetry  Society, Beret Days Books, pg. 49 Watching You Sleep In the Early Morning, pg. 64, Kitchen Dancing

May- Aug 2015 – VerseAfire, The Ontario Poetry Society, Recurring Childhood Nightmere

June 24, 2015 – Cede Poetry, Apologies to Famous People, Vol.1, No.1, pg. 24-25

March 2015 – Windsor Review, Trees, pg. 56

January 2015 – Sparkle & Shine, Anthology, The Ontario Poetry Society, Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

December 2014 – The Warbler’s Song, Manhunt in Moncton, Collection of Canadian Poetry, pg.73 Polar Expressions Publishing

August 2014 Window Fishing- The Night We Caught BeatleMania – Second Catch, Second Edition, Imagine Camp

May 2014 VerseAfire, The Ontario Poetry Society

December 2013 Before the Frost, Canadian Poetry Anthology, 1415 Ellis Street East, pg.42, Polar Expressions Publishing

Fall 2013 Happenstance, Anthology, Something Lucky, pg. 33, Cranberry Tree Press

May 2013 Detours An Anthology of Poets from Windsor & Essex County, Palimpsest Press, The Kinda Girl, pg. 36

April 2013 Whisky Sour City, Black Moss Press, University Avenue Near Janette, pg. 60

December 2012 Harvest A Collection of New Canadian Poetry, Polar Expressions Publishing, Final Visitation, pg. 14 – HONOURABLE MENTION

October 2012 BFW Bound: Instant Anthology, BookFest Windsor, The Quiet Between Songs, pg. 14

September 2012 Scattered Ecstasies, Barry Brode, Alive in the White, pg.7-10

December 2011 The Calling A Collection of New Canadian Poetry, Polar Expressions Publishing, Writing with Hemingway – Le Select, Paris, pg. 61

February 2006 Uppercuts, Black Moss Press, Poem: Rounds, pg. 31

POETRY AWARDS 

January 2016 – Runner-Up, ‘Say AWE’, Ultra-Short Poetry Contest, The Ontario Poetry Society

September 2015 – Long-list, Cranberry Tree Press Chapbook Contest, Another Day Bows Down

September 2014 – Judge’s Choice – The Ontario Poetry Society – Sparkle & Shine Contest – Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

July 2014 – Judge’s Choice – The Ontario Poetry Society ‘Aroborealis Poetry Prize’ – A Mother Eats Alone In Her Car (Again)

SHORT STORIES

December 2016 – Shoreline – A New Collection of Canadian Short Stories, Polar Expressions Publishing, pg. 40 – The Skirt

December 2015 – Wherever We Roam A New Collection of Canadian Short Stories, Polar Expressions Publishing, pg. 151

May 2015 – ‘Prell’, part of performance at From Page to Stage event, Windsor, ON

December 2013 The Sun Shall Rise, A Collection of Canadian Short Stories, Polar Expressions Publishing, Fault, pg. 59

December 2012 Setting The Scene, A Collection of Canadian Short Stories, Polar Expressions Publishing, Baby Shoes, pg. 38

Spring 2012 The Windsor Review – Special Filth Issue, Vol. 45, No. 1, A Quickie, pg. 96

December 2011 Inkspots A Collection of Canadian Short Stories, Polar Expressions Publishing, Almost Home, pg.62

December 2010 Formation A Collection of Canadian Short Stories, Polar Expressions Publishing, Leaning Into It, pg. 86

NON-FICTION ARTICLES

May – Sept 2016 Vol.2 – Poetry Book Review – Recurrence of Blue by Theresa Donnelly, VerseAfire, The Ontario Poetry Society

May – Sept 2016 Vol.2 – Poetry Book Review – fly float fall by Fran Figge, VerseAfire, The Ontario Poetry Society

Sept-Dec. Issue – 2015 – Poetry Book Review, Leave The Door Open For The Moon by Nan Williamson – VerseAfire, The Ontario Poetry Society

Various 2015 – Brick Books Celebration of Canadian Poetry for Marty Gervais, Giles Benaway

September 2014 Windsor Independent Magazine – Book Review of ‘I Was There The Night He Died’ by Ray Robertson, Vol. 2, Issue 6, pg. 8

September 2014 – Interview with Chris Hadfield, published on my blog

Spring 2014 Write, The Magazine of The Writers’ Union of Canada, Volume 41, pgs. 16-21. Some Great Decline: Everyone Loves Writers, So Why Can’t They Make a Living?

Fall 2013 Write, The Magazine of The Writers’ Union of Canada, Volume 40, Number 4, pg. 14-15, Beyond the Page: Crafting Our Writer Identities For Readings

Winter 2012 Write, The Magazine of The Writers’ Union of Canada, Volume 39, Number 3, pgs. 18-19 What Happens Now? Life After Your First Published Book

2007-2009 Living: The Windsor Star Magazine for Fine Lifestyle,

NON-FICTION ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTS

• Happy Days are Here to Stay A Q&A with Henry Winkler

• The Cos Way A Q&A with Bill Cosby

• On the Fringe; Munching with Robert Munsch

• Jason Byrne Works Magic A Q&A with Jason Byrne

• Cool Cats & Harps A Chat with Kelly Hoppe

• A Curtis Christmas (Interview with author Christopher Paul Curtis)

• Amy Rivard will Travel for Work, August 2003 REV Magazine, Concert Review Sam Roberts Band

• July/Aug 2001 The Journal of Addiction and Mental Health, Contributor Vol.4, Issue 1, Young Women Speak out About Depression

COPY

2012 Windsor Essex Pelee Island Official Visitor Guide Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island (TWEPI)

SCRIPTS

2012 Twelve Days of Christmas, Integrity Tool & Mold, Corporate Video Script, Suede Productions Inc.

Writing Conferences, Panels, Competitions & Retreats:

June 9-11, 2017 – League of Canadian Poets – Feminist Caucus Panel Co-Chair

May 2017 – United Way – Women Leading the Way Celebrate Women Who Inspire Us – Keynote Speaker

April 2017 – Workshop – Celebrating Canadian Poetry, Budimir Library, NPM2017

March 10, 2017 – Women of Words Unite, Panelist, Windsor, ON

June 13 -19th, 2016 – Canadian Writers’ Summit – Panelist  Friday, June 17th – 4 pm – 6 pm  Making Our Own Solutions: The Writer as Cultural Agent Intro to Making Our Own Solutions by TWUC chair, Heather Menzies and UNEQ executive director Francis Farley-Chevrier

March 30, 2016 – 8th Annual Battle of the Bards – Competitor, Toronto, ON

March 11, 2015 – Write On! Rural – Panel with Daniel Wells (Biblioasis), Ray Robertson and Kara Smith – Writing & Publishing in Southwestern Ontario – Crazy 8 Barn, Palymyra

July 12, 2015 – Pelee Island Writing Workshop – ‘The Writer’s Process’

May 28-31, 2015 – OnWords Conference & AGM, Writers Union of Canada, Winnipeg, MB

February 27, 2015 – Writer’s Workshop, Crazy 8 Barn, Palmyra, ON with Marty Gervais, John B Lee, John Wing Jr

May 29 – June 1, 2014 OnWords Conference & AGM, Writers Union of Canada, Workshop presenter: The Art of Presenting: Reading & Performance

May 24-26, 2013 – Backspace Writers Conference, New York City, Participant

September 2010 – The Pelee Island Writing Retreat, Retreat Organizer, Guest Writers: Jane Christmas, Marty Gervais, Mary Ann Mulhern

October 2009 – Words on Water Writing Retreat, Retreat Organizer, Guest Writer: Marty Gervais

June/July 2008 – Vitteaux, France, Participant, Guest Writers: Marty Gervais, John B. Lee, Andy Wainwright

Distinct Accreditations:

August 2010 – Institute of Children’s Literature: Writing for Children and Teenagers – Diploma

Grants/Awards Received:

Fall 2016 – Arts, Culture & Heritage Fund, for ‘Mouth Piece Storytelling – Master Mouth Off Event’ – Recipient

Fall 2015 – Arts, Culture & Heritage Fund, for ‘Hangman – Book Two’ – Recipient

Summer 2015 – Arts, Culture & Heritage Fund, for ‘Mouth Piece Storytelling’ – Recipient

2014 – The Odyssey Award – University of Windsor Alumni Affairs

2008 – 2016 Writer’s Reserve, Ontario Arts Council

2010 Windsor Endowment for the Arts – Emerging Artist–Literary

Juries/Judging/Committees

•  Action Committee, Chair, Feminist Caucus, League of Canadian Poets, 2017

•  Peer Assessment, Writers’ Union of Canada, 2017

•  Second Round Reader, Writers’ Union of Canada – Short Prose Competition, 2017

•  Jury Member, Manitoba Book Awards, 2017

•  Jury Member, Festivals & Reading Series, League of Canadian Poets, 2016

•  Second-Round Reader, Writers’ Union of Canada, Short-Prose Competition for Developing Writers (April 2016)

•  Jury Member, Pat Lowther Award, League of Canadian Poets (2015/16)

•  Writers’ Union of Canada, 22nd Annual Short Prose Competition, First-round reader

• Jean Foster Award, Literary Arts Windsor, Moderator/Judge

• Poetry In Voice, St.Joseph’s High School, 2013/2014/2015, Judge

• BookFest Windsor, Student Poetry Contest Moderator/Judge, 2012-2014

• Windsor Endowment for the Arts, Literary/Music, Juror

• The Writers’ Union of Canada, Writing for Children Competition, Reader

• Works-In-Progress, Ontario Arts Council, Juror

Festivals:

2014-2016 – BookFest Windsor, Literary Arts Windsor, Board Member

2012 – 2016 – BookFest Windsor, Moderator, Student Poetry Contest Awards

Creative Writing Teacher:

2006 – Present

The Writer’s Process – Creator

Adventures In Creative Writing – The Odyssey Project Creator

Memoir Part I – Unfolding Your Story – Creator

Memoir Part II – Unleashing Your Story

Affiliations:

• The League of Canadian Poets

• The Writers Union of Canada

• Canadian Women in the Literary Arts (CWILA)

• The Ontario Poetry Society

• Literary Arts Windsor, Member/Volunteer

• BookFest Windsor, Volunteer/Moderator

Series Host:

Mouth Piece Storytelling – Creator/Host www.mouthpiecestories.com

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