Vanessa Shields named Windsor’s Next Poet Laureate

On Monday, May 9, 2022, Vanessa Shields, the owner of Gertrude’s Writing Room, was officially named the City of Windsor’s next Poet Laureate! She joins Multicultural Storyteller Teajai Travis and Indigenous Storyteller Theresa Simms in their inaugural positions as storytellers as well as Youth Poet Laureate Alexei Ungurenaşu and Poet Laureate Emeritus Marty Gervais.

The City of Windsor’s Poet Laureate program has been thriving since its beginning about a decade ago. This year’s inclusion of the two new storyteller positions is the first of its kind. To find out more about this incredible program, click here!