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

Novels In Publication: 

From North to South Series is a 6"x9" soft cover novel series being published by SkyWing Press, Clinton, ON

Milton Side ; From North to South Series, Book One, published by SkyWing Press, Clinton, ON, 2019, ISBN: 978-0-9809335-9-8

Love, Lies and Adaptation ; From North to South Series, Book Two, published by SkyWing Press, Clinton, ON, 2019 ISBN: 978-1-9990964-1-0

For Adam's Sake ; From North to South Series, Book Three, published by SkyWing Press, Clinton, ON, 2019, ISBN: 978-1-9990964-2-7

A Family Divided ; From North to South Series, Book Four, published by SkyWing Press, Clinton, ON, 2019, ISBN: 978-1-9990964-3-4

Poetry In Progress: 

several manuscripts are in the compilation phase

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

- 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, Ontario, 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, USA  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

  (previously unpublished)

- '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, a trade paperback collection of Sufi (Rumi) styled poems, River Bones Press, Richibucto, NB, Canada, 2019  ISBN: 978-0- 

  9738671-8-3

- Hoofprints On The Moon, a trade paperback collection of poetry in line with the styles and themes of Leonard Cohen; dedicated to him and    Ronda's mother, SkyWing Press, Clinton, ON, 2019;  ISBN: 978-0-9809335-8-1

- 'Her Final Coming of Age' in Verse Afire, Bi-Annual Journal, 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 (previously unpublished)

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

  (previously unpublished)

- "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

- 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

- Dance With Your Words Journal (online), Palabras Press, 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

- Twelfth Key; Viva la Vida de Frida Anthology, Pendas Productions, Feb 2008 

- MythWeavers; Canadian Myths and Legends Anthology, Serengeti Press, Waterdown, ON, 2007, ISBN 978-0-9738458-8-4

- Poemata, Canadian Poetry Association Vol 22 No 02, 2007 ISSN 12036595 pg 17/26

- 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', The Sounds of Silence; Anthology of Verse, The Poetry Guild, Toronto, Ontario, Canada 1997, ISBN 1-57553-426-6 ;

   simultaneously published in audio format for the visually impaired

- 'Do Not Sleep', "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; mostly because she's busy enough doing other things that she forgets to make submissions until it's too late. It has never been a strong priority for her. 

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

- 'What I Would Like' - Honourable Mention - Open Hearts 11 Anthology, Open Hearts Poetry Contest, The Ontario Poetry Society, Canada,   

   February 2017 (one 1st prize plus 18 Honourable Mentions of 386 poems entered to be published)

- 'Inner Planetary' - Judge's Choice Award - Epic Proportions Poetry Contest, The Ontario Poetry Society, Canada, January 2017

- 'Do Not Sleep' - Editor's Choice Award, published in "In Days Gone By; Anthology of Verse", The National Library of Poetry, Owings Mills,

   Baltimore, MD, USA, 1997

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

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