Underground United/Off Topic Publishing

I have been waiting for months to be able to share this publication with you. I am so thrilled and excited to announce that on October 31st my short story ‘Underground United’ was published in the Wayward and Upward anthology of stories and poems.

I am honoured to stand alongside so many other talented and hard-working writers and poets. The diverse backgrounds of the writers who were selected is exciting, the content is stunning, and the hard work by the publishers to make this project happen will not be forgotten.

The forty pieces in this book unite two creative endeavours at the heart of humanity: making music and telling stories. Each writer took inspiration from one of the ten tracks on the Wayward & Upward album by Spinoza Gambit. This anthology collects one short story and three poems for each track, showcasing the variety of interpretations a single piece of music can evoke.

Wayward and Upward description –

Off Topic Publishing has played an important role in my personal growth as a writer, and now as well in my published career. The staff and Editor are all amazing individuals and I am so grateful to them for their hard work, and dedication to Canadian literature and excellence. I encourage any writers out there to connect with them and enjoy the community they are growing around the written word.

They have a monthly contest that is worth checking out and entering if you are a growing writer. The entry fee continues to be affordable and each entry receives feedback from the judges. I have never won this contest but several of the pieces I entered have gone on to see publication elsewhere. The feedback I received was encouraging, as well as important to my later success. Thank you to those judges!

Wayward and Upward is available for purchase directly from the publisher, as an ebook or in print form. Find it by clicking one of the links above or by visiting my own bookshop and following the links provided there.

Mary Grace van der Kroef


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Reviews for Words of Weight

Have you read ‘Words of Weight’? Please leave us a review on Goodreads, Amazon, or in the comment section of this post. All reviews are welcome and appreciated, whether one star or five. All we ask is that you are kind in your word choice. THANK YOU!

“Poetry that seeks to marry words and their definitions to the emotional responses they bring us in the walking world.”

– from Words of Weight back blurb

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Words of Weight/Release Day!

Today is the day! ‘Words of Weight’, is now available for all regions on Amazon. If you preordered an ecopy, they have delivered it to you.

Only available at Amazon at present.

I have uploaded and released the paperback version as well.

A HUGE thank you to my readers for sending in prompt words and helping me write this collection. It stretched me, it was fun, it game me purpose in a time I was feeling low. We create better when we create together. You are all a blessing to me. I hope you enjoy the finished product.

Paperback full spread Cover

In celebration of this release and my birthday that is today, I am offering a SALE on my first poetry collection ‘The Branch that I Am’. Both the ebook and paperback version are discounted for 3 days only!

Visit my book shop to purchase the ebook directly or use the buttons below to choose your preferred retailer.

Note: because of Canadian shipping costs, I cannot offer a signed paperback for the SALE price. But the discounted paperback is available at Amazon.

Words of Weight, FORTHCOMING

I am excited to officially announce my forthcoming poetry collection Words of Weight.

I asked for prompt words that held meaning for my readers and they answered the call. In doing so they helped me sculpt a unique collection filled with vivid imagery and thoughtful connections.

The poems included are as follows:

1. Words of Weight
2. Hug
3. Be Kind
4. Impact
5. Forgiveness
6. Growth
7. Amid
8. Understanding
9. Spill
10. Trust
11. Pause
12. Grief
13. Glimmer
14. Truth
15. Layers
16. Conversation
17. Quiet
18. Reason
19. Punishment
20. Resurrection
21. Portion
22. Sustain
23. Virtue
24. Guilt
25. Worth
26. Conscience
27. Gratitude
28. Conviction
29. Compelled
30. Bewilder
31. Covered
32. Doubt
33. Persnickety
34. Misunderstood
35. Progress
36. Weeds

Full spread book cover for Words of Weight
Art and Design by Mary Grace van der Kroef

I will be offering an eCopy of this collection for FREE to anyone who signed up for my monthly newsletter before October 14th, 2022. Not on my mailing list yet? Don’t worry, if you are reading this before October 14th there is still time to get this free gift by signing up! I look forward to connecting with you.

Are you reading this post after October 14th? I have chosen to make this collection available to read on Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited shortly after publication. If you are a subscriber, visit Amazon to find it on their website, or find it in the Kindle Library on your device of choice.

Not a KU subscriber? You sill still be able to enjoy this 36 poem collection by purchasing the eBook or paperback edition on Amazon.

Thank you to my readers for supporting me, and coming along with me on this journey called writing.

More by Mary Grace van der Kroef

Uncracked Spine

Books beg to be read
as their pages whisper,
syllables of loneliness.

“Love me,
as I love the touch of your hands
on my untracked spine.”

“Choose me.
Let me linger in your mind
as slow sipped wine.”

Once the pages open,
words walk through soul.
Hook, to your whole.

Tethering other’s stories
to what makes you,
you.

“Meet me,
in pages of cream,
Through ink dark as dreams.”

©2021 Mary Grace van der Kroef


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Cover Reveal/THE BRANCH THAT I AM

It’s really happening! I am so excited to announce the final cover design for my upcoming chapbook.

Cover art by Mary Grace van der Kroef.
Original watercolor design on watercolor paper.

The Editing process has stretched me. There were tears, and procrastination and frustration. But I am so thankful for the process. I have learned so much from working with an editor, and I am proud of what we have accomplished for my first release.

I don’t have a set release date yet as final formatting needs to take place, but look for it before a pre-sale date announced in the next few weeks, with a release date in early November. (That is the goal.)

Copyright ©2021 Mary Grace van der Kroef
All rights reserved
Paperback cover design, and back matter

You can expect this collection of 25 poems to be available in paperback and ebook versions.

Thank you for dropping in to celebrate with me!

Mary Grace van der Kroef


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