Writer's Bio & CV

Ronda Wicks Eller was born 1965 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. At the tender age of two, her parents moved the family to Curries and then into Woodstock, Ontario when she was four. She majored in Visual Arts and English Literary studies at College Avenue Secondary School, Woodstock. Afterward, she took a year of study at Tyndale College in Willowdale (where she also functioned as the Maxaipa yearbook co-editor during her freshman year), followed by Urban and Regional Planning Technology some years later at Fanshawe College, London, Ontario. For many years Ronda operated her own hobby business Graphics Plus - Miscellaneous Art Services while working various full time day jobs.

She has volunteered on numerous Boards (for 4 yr terms) in the following capacities:

Corporate Treasurer - Trillium Place Housing Co-operative, Woodstock

Vice-President - Parkview Heights Co-operative Homes, Woodstock

Recording Secretary - AWAC (Abused Women's Advocacy Committee), Woodstock

Co-Editor - Trillium Tattler, TPHC, Woodstock

National Media Coordinator - CPA, the Canadian Poetry Association 2004-2012

Ronda's focus on "the human condition" as it relates to people in need both physically and spiritually

resounds through her volunteerism as well as her written word, all of which can, and have, been described as a journey of heart and soul!

CURRENT Affiliations:

Mitchell and Region Branch Manager for T.O.P.S., The Ontario Poetry Society (2018 - )

Administrative Assistant, Publication Layout and Designer for T.O.P.S., The Ontario Poetry Society (2019 - )

Editor for Sojourner Literary Festival

Editor for Canadian Beat Scene on Facebook

Secretary for London, ON Chapter of the Canadian Poetry Association (since 2008)

Owner of SkyWing Press, Clinton, ON since 2007 (on Facebook - SkyWing Press)

PAST Affiliations:

 

Admin for Canadian Poets Guild Drop-In on Facebook  2012-2019

Consul for Canadian Poets Guild 2016 - 2019

Moderator for Poemata Lit Mag - Canadian Poets Guild on Facebook  2012 - 2016
National Media Coordinator for the Canadian Poetry Association 2004-2012

Associate Member of the League of Canadian Poets 2008/9

Co-owner - London Writers’ Resource Center’s poetry workshop "Participatepoet" 2003-05

Poetry In Progress: 

several manuscripts are in the compilation phase:

          Sometimes Snow, chapbook, anticipated release - Autumn 2021, Poetry Friendly Press

          Of Ancient Insignias, 1st of a 3 chapbook set, anticipated release - February 2022, Beret Days Press

          Of Conscious Being, 2nd of a 3 chapbook set, anticipated release - February 2022, Beret Days Press

          Of Lost Terrain, 3rd of a 3 chapbook set, anticipated release - February 2022, Beret Days Press

an as yet untitled collaborative manuscript with American poet/artist/actor Bill Burns is currently in its compilation stage (2021)

Poetry in Publication (includes but is not limited to):

  • 'The Alliance, or The Double Vision of Michael Robartes Made Full', in "The Celebration of Poetry 20th Anniversary Anthology", ISBN 978-1- 926495-73-6, Beret Days Press, Toronto, 2021

  • 'Onion Love', in "Verse Afire", The Ontario Poetry Society, ISSN 1715-0280, January 2021 (previously published in 'Hoofprints on the Moon', SkyWing Press, Clinton, ON 2019)

  • 'Where the Dream Begins' in "The Ultra Best Short Verse Anthology", ISBN:978-1-926495-68-2, October 2020, Beret Days Press, Toronto

  • 'Wedding With No Blood', in Beliveau Review Vol. 1, No. 1, Issue 1, August 2020, Beliveau Books, Stratford, ON,  ISSN 2563-3619

  • 'Somewhere -- Ste. Julian', 'These Are Your Forests' and 'Shadows to Shadows' in "Infinite Passages; Anthology of Canadian Verse", T.O.P.S., Beret Days Press, Toronto, ON, 2020 ISBN 978-1-926495-66-8

  • 'I Fall In', in "Rain on the Brain", Beret Days Press, Toronto, June 2020, ISBN 978-1-926495-67-5

  • 'Touch' in "Verse Afire", The Ontario Poetry Society, ISSN 1715-0280, April 2020

  • 'Unchecked', in "Taking a Dip in the Poetry Pool Anthology", Beret Days Press, Toronto, April 2020, ISBN 978-1-926495-65-1

  • 'Here I Sit' in "Verse Afire", The Ontario Poetry Society, ISSN 1715-0280, January 2020

  • Field - Haiku and Senryu, a chapbook of haiku, senryu and haikai by "kinshu ori" (Ronda Wicks Eller),  HMS Press, London, ON in  January 2020, ISBN 978-1-55253-083-2

  • 'The Palmreader' in Synaeresis: arts & poetry journal, January 2020, Vol. 1, No.4, Issue 8, Harmonia Press, Stratford, ON, ISSN 2371-6940

  • 'High Ground', 'We Did Not Die', and 'The Gallery's Black Watch', in "Roll Call; Days of War Anthology", November 2019, SkyWing Press, Clinton, ON, ISBN 978-1-9990964-5-8

  • 'If Only Just This Night' in "We Are Beat, National Beat Festival Anthology", (August 2019) National Beat Poetry Foundation Inc., New Haven, CT, ISBN:  978-1-9510536-6-6 (previously published in "Hoofprints on the Moon", April 2019, SkyWing Press, Clinton, ON)

  • 'On Visiting Ancestral Lands' in "Dancing on Stones Anthology", T.O.P.S., Beret Days Press, Toronto, ON, 2019 ISBN 978-1-926495-59-0

  • 'Witch of the Caves' in "Dancing on Stones Anthology", T.O.P.S., Beret Days Press, Toronto, ON, 2019 ISBN 978-1-926495-59-0 (previously published in The Lion and the Golden Calf, 2008, SkyWing Press, Clinton, ON)

  • "Ashram of Love"River Bones Press, Richibucto, NB, 2019  ISBN: 978-0-9738671-8-3

  • "Hoofprints On The Moon", SkyWing Press, Clinton, ON, 2019;  ISBN: 978-0-9809335-8-1

  • 'Her Final Coming of Age' in "Verse Afire", The Ontario Poetry Society, Toronto, ON ISSN 1715-0280 (previously published in The Lion and the Golden Calf, 2008, SkyWing Press, Clinton, ON)

  • 'Prostate in Byzantium' in "Tamaracks; Canadian Poetry for the 21st Century Anthology", Lummox Press, Long Beach, CA, USA, 2018         ISBN 978-0-9997784-2-5

  • 'This Trinket' in "Synaeresis : arts & poetry journal, Vol. 2 No. 1", Harmonia Press, London, ON, 2018 ISSN 2371-6940

  • "Creative Misinterpretations", a collaborative poetry collection between Ronda Wicks Eller, Daniel Kolos and Filomena Pisano, 2017, HMS Press, London, ON ISBN 978-1-55253-087-0

  • 'What I Would Like' in "Open Hearts Poetry Anthology", Feb 2017, Beret Days Press, Toronto, ON

  • Haiku For Japan, OM-Times Magazine, May 2011 online, in magazine and recorded on video, 1 / 200 haiku from thousands of international submissions

  • Labour of Love Literary Journal, Coffeehouse Publications, Toronto, ON June 2008, ISSN 1192-621X

  • 'Night Subterfuge' poem and 'Why Poetry Matters; We Absorb, Reflect and Process in Poetic Renaissance' article in "Dance With Your Words  Journal" , Palabras Press, BC, March Issue, 2008 

  • "The Lion and the Golden Calf", SkyWing Press, Clinton, ON 2008 ISBN-13 987-0-9809335-0-5 (Literary Reviews in Poemata, CPA Vol 23 No 01, 2008)

  • "Canadian Zen Haiku Canadienne Quarterly", Adonis Press (under haijin name “kinshu ori”), Spring/Summer/Fall Issues 2008, ISSN 1705-4508

  • 'The Warring Fields' in "Twelfth Key; Viva la Vida de Frida Anthology", 2008 , Pendas Productions, London, ON, 2008 

  • 'Turtle God' in "MythWeavers; Canadian Myths and Legends Anthology", Serengeti Press, Waterdown, ON, 2007, ISBN 978-0-9738458-8-4

  • 'Ibyss Song' in "Poemata", Canadian Poetry Association Vol 22 No 02, 2007 ISSN 12036595 pg 17, Cartoonist credit: pg 26

  • 'White Crimson' and 'Tooth on Tooth' in "The Innisfree Poetry Journal", Sept Issue 2007 

  • "Whale Songs in the Aurora Borealis", HMS Press, EBIP, London, ON, 2005 ISBN 1-55253-060-4; (Literary Reviews + selected poems in Poemata, CPA Vol 21 No 03, 2005; More reviews in Poemata, CPA Vol 21, No 01, 2006 ISSN    12036595)

  • "My Harmonic Perfection", HMS Press and Atlantic Disk Publishers, London, ON, 1995, ISBN 1-895700-02-7

  • 'Emulsive Hand' in "The Sounds of Silence; Anthology of Verse", The Poetry Guild, Toronto, ON 1997, ISBN 1-57553-426-6 ; simultaneously published in audio format for the visually impaired

  • 'Do Not Sleep' in "In Days Gone By; Anthology of Verse", The National Library of Poetry, Owings Mills, Baltimore, MD, USA, 1997

 

Individual Poem Awards:

Ronda is not an avid entrant in poetry competitions. 

  • 'Where the Dream Begins" - Judge's Choice Award -  Ultra Short Poetry Contest, October 2020, The Ontario Poetry Society

  • 'I Fall In' - Honourable Mention - Rain on the Brain Contest, June 2020, The Ontario Poetry Society

  • 'Unchecked' - Honourable Mention - Dippity Doo Dah Contest, April 2020, The Ontario Poetry Society 

  • 'The Palmreader' - Pushcart Prize Nominee, 2020 - nominated by Harmonia Press

  • 'This Trinket' - Pushcart Prize Nominee, 2018 - nominated by Harmonia Press

  • 'What I Would Like' - Honourable Mention - Open Hearts Poetry Contest, Feb 2017, The Ontario Poetry Society

  • 'Inner Planetary' - Judge's Choice - Epic Proportions Poetry Contest, Jan 2017, The Ontario Poetry Society

  • 'Do Not Sleep' - Editor's Choice - "In Days Gone By; Anthology of Verse", 1997, The National Library of Poetry, Owings Mills, Baltimore, MD

External Links:

Twitter: @RWicksEller

Youtube Account: Ronda Eller

 

Canadian Poet Ronda Eller Facebook Page

 

The Consul-General and the Poets ("Crossing the Lines" 2008 Poetry Event) - Descant Review; This web page has been recently taken off-line so the link is defunct. Ronda is looking to see if she has a copy of the text and gain permission to include it on a page of this site some time in the future.

 


Artwork in Publication:

Caricatures, Poemata CPA Vol 21 No 03, 2005

"Hemi and the Whale", Sesame Journal, Sesame Institute UK and International, Spring 2009 No.9