Shields, Vanessa

Vanessa Shields is the owner of Gertrude’s Writing Room—A Gathering Place for Writers. She is the author of Laughing Through A Second Pregnancy (2011), I Am That Woman (2013), and Look at Her (2016). She resides in Windsor, Ontario, where you can find her mentoring, editing, teaching, and writing at Gertrude’s or having a dance party in her kitchen with her handsome husband, two amazing kids, and two golden retrievers. Her most recent work is Thimbles (Palimpsest Press.) Visit Vanessa’s website: www.vanessashields.com.


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Upcoming Events

BookFest / Festival du Livre Windsor 2021

October 14 - October 17

Our 20th Anniversary edition! With safety protocols in place, we plan to hold all events online this year….


Words and Illustrations

October 16 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online – Zoom ⋅ Price includes all Festival presentations

Franco Cortese, Lip (Penteract Press) bill bissett, illustrator of Lip (Penteract Press) Ariel Gordon, TreeTalk, illustrated by Natalie…


Candid Conversations

October 16 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Online – Zoom ⋅ Price includes all Festival presentations

Marcello Di Cintio, Driven: The Secret Lives of Taxi Drivers, Hollay Ghadery, Fuse (Guernica Editions.) Nathaniel G. Moore, Honorarium (Palimpsest…


Portraits in Poetry

October 16 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Online – Zoom ⋅ Price includes all Festival presentations

Vanessa Shields, Thimbles (Palimpsest Press.) Marty Gervais, A New Dress Every Day: Poems in My Mother’s Voice and Nothing More Perfect (both…


Black History Celebration

October 16 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Online – Zoom ⋅ Price includes all Festival presentations

Cheryl Thompson, Uncle: Race, Nostalgia, and the Politics Of Loyalty (Coach House Books) Rochelle Riley, That They Lived: African Americans…