The Ontario Poetry Society
~ Ronda Wicks

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Ronda Wicks

Ronda Wicks was born in Toronto but raised in Woodstock, Ontario from the age of two. Her main areas of study and employment have been in literary and visual arts with the inclusion of public relations, sales and marketing. Early poetry publications began in high school and culminated in her first chapbook release in 1995. Since then her poems have been published in various journals and anthologies as well as in trade book collections. Ronda is the multi-hatted owner/operator of SkyWing Press, a micro-publishing operation that primarily does contract work on a sporadic basis as time allows. She is also a published novelist, avid genealogist, photographer and crafter, among other lesser hobbies.

Current Affiliations

  • Administration Assistant for The Ontario Poetry Society, 2019 - present
  • Publication and Layout Designer for The Ontario Poetry Society, 2019 - present
  • Moderator for Canadian Beat Scene on Facebook, 2019 - present
  • Mitchell and Region Branch Manager for The Ontario Poetry Society, 2018 - present
  • Editor of Verse Afire Canadian Poetry Magazine, T.O.P.S., July 2023 - current

Previous Affiliations

  • Consul for Canadian Poets Guild, 2016 - 2019
  • Admin for Canadian Poets Guild Drop-In on Facebook, 2012-2019
  • Moderator for Poemata Lit Mag - Canadian Poets Guild on Facebook, 2012 - 2016
  • Associate Member of the League of Canadian Poets, 2008 - 2009
  • Secretary for London, ON Chapter of the C.P.A., 2008 - 2018
  • National Media Coordinator for the Canadian Poetry Association, 2004-2012
  • Co-owner - London Writers' Resource Center's poetry workshop "Participatepoet", 2003-05
  • Editor for Sojourner Literary Festival, 2018 - 2022

Poetry Collections

  • Salmagundi - an omnium gatherum, Poetry Friendly Press, 2023
  • Field; Haiku and Senryu, HMS Press, 2020
  • >Hoofprints on the Moon, SkyWing Press, 2019
  • Ashram of Love, Riverbones Press, 2019
  • Creative Misinterpretations, HMS Press, 2017
  • The Lion and the Golden Calf, SkyWing Press, 2008
  • Whale Songs in the Aurora Borealis, HMS Press, 2005
  • My Harmonic Perfection, HMS Press, 1995

Publications in Anthologies

  • Alchemy of Tears - An Anthology of Canadian Verse, Beret Days Press, 2023
  • Phantom Parade - An Anthology of Canadian Verse, Beret Days Press, 2022
  • Executive Suite Anthology - A Canadian Anthology of Verse, 2022
  • The Celebration of Poetry 20th Anniversary Anthology, Beret Days Press, 2021
  • Infinite Passages - Anthology of Canadian Verse, Beret Days Press, 2020
  • Dancing on Stones - An Anthology of Canadian Poetry, Beret Days Press, 2019
  • Roll Call; Days of War Anthology, SkyWing Press, 2019
  • We Are Beat, National Beat Festival Anthology, N.B.P.F.I., New Haven, CT, USA, 2019
  • Tamaracks; Canadian Poetry for the 21st Century Anthology, Lummox Press, Long Beach, CA, 2018
  • MythWeavers; Canadian Myths and Legends Anthology, Serengeti Press, 2007
  • The Sounds of Silence; Anthology of Verse, The Poetry Guild, Toronto, 1997
  • In Days Gone By; Anthology of Verse, National Library of Poetry, Baltimore, MD, 1997

Prizes and Awards

  • 2023, 2nd Prize, Across the Universe Contest, T.O.P.S.
  • 2020 Judge's Choice, The Ultra Best Short Verse Contest, TOPS
  • 2020 Honourable Mention, Rain on the Brain Contest, TOPS
  • 2020 Honourable Mention, Dippity Doo Dah Contest, TOPS
  • 2017 Honourable Mention, Open Hearts Poetry Contest, TOPS
  • 2017 Judge's Choice, Epic Proportions Poetry Contest
  • 2011 Judge's Choice, Haiku for Japan, OM-Times Magazine
  • 1997 Editor's Choice, In Days Gone By, National Library of Poetry, Baltimore, MD


  • 2018 and 2020 - Pushcart Prize

Contact Information
Email: rondawicks@hotmail.com
Website: rwicksellercwg.wixsite.com/home