International Poetry Month: Peter Hrastovec

Join us for an intimate discussion with Windsor’s current Poet Laureate Peter Hrastovec. You can borrow Peter’s collections of poetry from Windsor Public Library.

International Poetry Month: A Conversation with Kate Hargreaves

Join us for a discussion with Windsor poet and writer Kate Hargreaves. Kate’s collections of poetry can be borrowed from Windsor Public Library.

International Poetry Month: A Conversation with Jade Wallace

Join WPL for a conversation with Jade Wallace, a Windsor poet and author. You can borrow Jade’s debut poetry collection, Love Is A Place But You Cannot Live There, from Windsor Public Library.

National Poetry Month: A Conversation with Vanessa Shields

Join us for a conversation with local poet and author Vanessa Shields. Her books of poetry can be borrowed from Windsor Public Library.

National Poetry Month: A Conversation with Micheline Maylor

Join WPL for an intimate conversation with the Windsor-born poet Micheline Maylor. Dr. Maylor has published numerous books of poetry, including Little Wildheart (2017) and The Bad Wife (2021). In addition to her published work, Dr. Maylor was appointed Poet Laureate in Calgary from 2016-2018, the 2016 Author in Residence at the Calgary Public Library, and the 2019 Author in Residence for the Saskatchewan Writer’s Guild.


National Poetry Month: A Conversation with Robert Earl Stewart

Join WPL for an intimate conversation with Windsor poet and author Robert Earl Stewart. You can borrow books by Robert Earl Stewart from the Windsor Public Library.

Summer Solstice by Vanessa Shields

Enjoy this poem specially crafted for Windsor Public Library by Vanessa Shields, Windsor’s Poet Laureate.

Then enjoy some of her other works, found at WPL!

Accessing Authors – Vern Smith
Join us here for the launch of our one-on-one chat with author and Windsor ex-pat Vern Smith. His latest novel is Under The Table; a quirky heist story set in 1980s Toronto and shot through with a dark humor, noir-ish tendencies and quick-witted prose. Our half hour virtual sit-down with Vern is the latest in WPL’s Accessing Authors video series.

Accessing Authors – Elly Blake
In this first edition of WPL’s Accessing Authors series, we sit down with New York Times bestselling author Elly Blake for a round-table discussion that touches on her inspiration, her process and much, much more. You can find Elly’s work in our collection at

Accessing Authors – Christopher Paul Curtis
Join us for another installment of our special Accessing Authors series. Enjoy part one of a two part virtual visit from award-winning children’s author Christopher Paul Curtis. Enjoy ‘The Watsons Go to Birmingham, 1963’ and other titles by Mr. Curtis from WPL:

Accessing Authors – Pat Brode

WPL ArtWorks Presents: Crissi Cochrane

To keep you inspired and entertained at home, WPL is bringing the Windsor arts community to you through a series of virtual performances called ArtWorks.

We’re excited to bring you an exciting virtual performance from a local artist, singer-songwriter Crissi Cochrane.

Crissi Cochrane fashions a sultry, soulful brand of popular music, combining her Nova Scotian singer-songwriter roots with her love of jazz, retro pop, and classic soul. Her song “Pretty Words” from her 2014 album Little Sway received more than 11 million listens on Spotify, and she delivered a TEDx Talk in 2018 on her side-hustle of writing custom love songs for listeners around the world. Crissi’s 2020 album, Heirloom, is available now.

Don’t forget to follow Crissi to hear great new music and hear about upcoming performances!

Find Crissi at:





WPL ArtWorks Presents: Vanessa Shields
In this installment of our series, WPL is proud to present local writer, poet and owner of Gertrude’s Writing Room Vanessa Shields. Vanessa’s work has been featured in anthologies and chapbooks, and her own Black Moss Press-published titles ‘Look At Her’ and ‘I Am That Woman’.

Vanessa’s installment of ArtWorks is meant to bring out the writer in you by providing some of the tools you’ll need to get inspired. She’ll walk you through how to create your own inspirational prompt box using items you already have around the house.
Don’t forget to check out for more on Vanessa’s work.

WPL ArtWorks Presents: Tara Watts

This time around we’re pleased to be featuring singer-songwriter Tara Watts.  

Tara Watts, a Windsor-grown musician and songwriter with roots in folk, gospel and rock music, has been performing for over a decade. Solo, full band, cover and original shows. From cafes to large festivals. Locally and abroad, she does it all! Tara acknowledges the beauty of nature and embraces the healing and freedom that comes from the songwriting process.

We hope you’ll enjoy this mini-concert of soulful Tara Watts originals!

Don’t forget to follow Tara to hear great new music and hear about upcoming performances!

Find Tara at: Facebook:



WPL ArtWorks Presents: Ron Leary

There’s something calm and re-assuring about Leary’s performance, who’s known for lulling his audiences into a trance with his golden voice. Join us for this intimate performance and let Leary take you on a road trip throughout Southwestern Ontario.

Ron’s first track, ‘The Road In Between’ is inspired by the late Alistair MacLeod’s, award-winning novel, ‘No Great Mischief’. For a selection of MacLeod’s work in eBook format, head to

Ron’s second track is ‘Sweet Valentine,’ from his album, ‘theroadinbetween’. 

For his third selection, Ron performs a song inspired by a biography about hometown hockey star Bob Probert. Enjoy, ‘The Ballad of Bob Probert’. Ron’s final song, ‘To Living,’ is from his album entitled, ‘Tobacco Fields’. Purchase ‘Tobacco Fields’ via Bandcamp at…

To hear more and stay up to date on upcoming performances, visit