All words displayed on this website are original writings by Mary Grace van der Kroef, unless otherwise stated. None may be used without express permission of the author.
Mary Grace van der Kroef was born and raised in North Western Ontario. Her love of poetry and writing started at age fourteen, and she has been writing ever since. She is a wife, mother of three beautiful children, and an amateur artist. She lives with her family in the Niagara Region of Southern Ontario, Canada.
Mary Grace writes from a Christian worldview. She believes art, and the art of the written word, are a powerful form of worship and ministry. She endeavours to encourage others with the words she writes.
She has been a member of the World Guild since June 2020.
The Branch That I Am saw officially release on November 2nd, 2021. (Early release on September 13, 2021.)
A collection of 26 poems on the theme of mental health, chronic illness, and faith. Poems of prayer, questions, and perceived answers. A book of hope.
October 15, 2021 Mary’s short story ‘Fireflies of Red and Blue‘ was published in print and online in Honeyguide Magazine‘s first anniversary issue. (Issue 3 available in print and eforms from their shop.)
July 1st, 2021 ‘Lovers Getaway,’ appeared in the Dwelling Literary’s BEACH HOUSE Issue. Page 15.
June 30th, 2021 ‘Rooted Deep,’ was included in Divine Purpose Magazin’s July 2021 | Summer | 3rd Quarter Issue.
June 1st, 2021: ‘Arachnid Artist,’ went live in the Dwelling Literary’s BUGS UNDER THE RUG Issue. Page 13.
December 1st, 2020: Mary’s poem “Reservoir of Tears” was included in Kitchen Sink Magazine’s second Issue. This issue can be downloaded for free on their website.
August 2020: The poem, ‘Sit‘, was chosen for the ‘Best of Kindness’ anthology, after entering the 2020 ‘Best Of Kindness’ competition, held by the Origami Poetry Project. This anthology is now available on Amazon.com. (https://www.origamipoems.com/)
In June 2020, her poem, ‘The Branch’, was runner-up in the ‘In The Beginning’ writers competition poetry category, held by the Word Guild. (https://thewordguild.com/)
Articles / Non-Fiction
May 29, 2021 Springs of Living Water, a blog post/article was published on the Divine Purpose Magazine’s website.
Recorded / Live Features
©Mary Grace van der Kroef 2020