Support Friends of Vocamus Press Through Patreon!

Friends of Vocamus Press knows that writing isn’t the most lucrative career choice, so we’ve never asked for a membership fee, and we try to offer pretty much all our programs and services for free. We don’t ever want anyone to be excluded over a few dollars.

On the other hand, some of you do have a few dollars and have been asking for ways to support what we do financially (which is fabulous), so we’re pleased to announce that you can now donate to Friends of Vocamus Press through our Patreon site.

This is how it works: you support us twice a year for any amount you like (we have packages from just $10 all the way up to $250 for the big spenders). In return, you’ll get some rewards and gifts as thanks for your support (everything from getting your name in our anthologies to a whole package of local books).

We’ll use these funds to cover our regular expenses (phone, bank fees, and other boring stuff), to run events like the Book Bash Festival (much more exciting), and to develop new programs like a Wellington Country Writer in Residence (even more exciting).

You can check out all the details on Patreon.

U of G Open Ed Course – Writing Mystery

The University of Guelph’s Open Education Creative Writing program is offering a Writing Mystery course this spring, beginning May 4.

The course is being taught by Stacey Madden, author of Poison Shy and Touching Strangers.

Call for Submissions – Guelph Spoken Word’s Grounded

Guelph Spoken Word is putting out a call for submissions to feature your work at Grounded – an evening of readings and performed works focused on the many forms that a relationship with our land base – and the Earth as a whole – can take.

Submissions can be in any printable art form (prose, stories, lyrics, page poetry, spoken word pieces, b+w art, photography, etc) and any conceptualization that touches on the overarching theme. They’re looking for a diversity of pieces, so they’ve left this as open as possible to interpretation – think everything from land acknowledgement and environmental justice to nature walks and meditations… what does a relationship with the land look like to you? Any piece may be submitted, but new and unpublished works are encouraged. Multiple submissions and a series of shorter works are allowed.

Selected works will be featured at an event on the evening of Saturday, April 22nd, with a wider range offered for viewing on our website. If chosen to feature at the event, the author will receive an honorarium of $50 and a spotlight on our media streams. If you can’t make the event, please do still submit your works and let us know that you can’t read/perform that evening.

Copyright remains the author’s – Guelph Spoken Word will only curate the feature event and publish selected works electronically (with the author’s permission). Any further publication will be at the author’s discretion.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, April 14th. Selection will be made by a panel of three judges from the spoken word, writing, and publishing communities. Pieces will be selected and authors informed by Monday, April 17th.

All works (or photographs of the work) can be sent electronically to

Tara Mondou Reading

Tara Mondou, author of Little Girl in the Mirror, will be at Roxanne’s Reflections in Fergus on Saturday, March 25, 11:AM to 3:00 PM. She’ll be reading from the new book and signing copies for fans.

Children’s Authors Wanted for Local Festival

Friends of Vocamus Press and the Guelph Public Library are holding a Festival of Guelph Children’s Authors and Illustrators at the downtown GPL on Saturday, May 6, from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. The even will include readings and activities by local authors, along with face painting and balloon twisting.

We’re looking for Guelph-based authors and illustrators (self-published or professionally published) who are:

– comfortable interacting with the public (adults and kids)
– have a book they have published and will be able to bring some to sell
– will stay for the entirety of the event
– are able to setup at 10:30 AM and return for the event in the afternoon
– want a chance to promote and profile their work

Every participant will have a table to showcase their work. We also need folks to do one of the following:

– read their story and present their book to kids in an engaging way for 20 minutes (3 spots left)
– do a hands-on activity that would relate to your story or help kids become inspired with books, writing, drawing (5 spots left)

If this sounds like something that would interest you, please reply to Heather Embree at by Tuesday March 21.

John Galt’s The Apostate Book Launch

Vocamus Editions is celebrating the launch of its new title, John Galt’s play The Apostate; Or, Atlantis Destroyed, edited by David J. Knight, with a party on Thursday, April 13, 7:00 PM at the ANAF.

Join us for some fun, some drinks, and a performance of a scene from the play, performed by Scott McGovern, Orbax, Tony Saxon, Anne Marshall, Dana Berry Nagao, and Jeremy Luke Hill.

Published in 1814, The Apostate‘s portrayal of First Nations peoples was in many ways a real challenge to the colonial assumptions of the day. His 1833 prose version of the story, The New Atlantis, even furthered these challenges, and the two works were not well received by the public when they appeared.

Both are presented in this new edition, along with Susanna Moodie’s contemporary 1814 poem, “The Captive”, which makes similarly challenging social commentary on the evils of slavery and the plight of refugees. As early examples of Canadian activist writing, these works are overdue for reevaluation in a world still struggling with many of the injustices that they address.

“Ar***t macht frei ” by Bieke Stengos

Bieke was born in Belgium, came to Canada as a young woman, and has lived here ever since, with time spent in various countries overseas. She has published two collections of poetry, Abandoned by the Muse and Transmigrator.