Stuart Ross

is creating Poems, Stories, Rants & Memoirs — & All Sorts of Publications!

27

patrons

$179

per month
I am a scientist in a laboratory of words. Since I was a little kid, I've been a writer. When I was a teenager, I began teaching creative writing workshops. When I was twenty, I began publishing little chapbooks — or stapled pamphlets — of my writing, and soon I was also publishing works by other exciting writers. In my thirties, established literary presses began publishing books of my poetry, fiction, and personal essays. To date, I have nearly 20 books published, and perhaps three times as many chapbooks.

During these decades of writing my own stuff, I have given tons to my communities — in Toronto, and later in Cobourg. I have mentored many beginning writers, organized reading series and book fairs, helped writers find homes for their manuscripts, run a poetry blog, and, for the past nine years, I have been sending out a free weekly emailing of Toronto literary events to many hundreds of subscribers. And I'm always working on a new mag or a new chapbook of someone's work.

I'm a writer who believes in the pure adventure of writing. And I want my readers to have new adventures. Unexpected pleasures. Fresh experiences. And interesting stuff to think about when they finish reading something I've written.

I have explored many kinds of writing in my work, so there are heaps of surprises from book to book. My writing is, at different times, surreal, realist, autobiographical, absurdist, imagist, and lyric. Some of my stories have plots; some of them don't. Some of my poems are just one word long; some of them go on for twenty pages.

The life of a non-commercial writer is economically tenuous. Did you know that a writer's total royalties for a book of poetry might equal half a month's rent? I'm not kidding. I'm grateful for the modest payments I receive from publishers, and for the compensation I receive for the use of my works in Canadian libraries, and for the occasional arts grant I'm fortunate enough to receive. But, to pay my rent and put veggie burgers on my table, I still work very hard as an editor of others' works, and as a writing instructor who offers workshops and one-on-one coaching.

Meanwhile, right now I have 14 different writing projects on the go. I know that's a bit crazy, but that's how I work. I'm writing against the clock, because as I finish one manuscript, I often add another one or two new projects. Sometimes I don't pick up a particular project for two or three years, but they're all there, simmering on the wordstove. Right now, I am working on three solo poetry books, two collaborative poetry books, a collection of poetry for kids, four novels, a memoir, a short-story collection, a book about writing, and a top-secret project.

I'm hoping the funds I receive through Patreon will allow me to take less freelance work and concentrate more on completing my own manuscripts.

I have been very fortunate in that every book manuscript I've ever sent out has been published, even though I'm a real weirdo writer! I sure am grateful that these wonderful publishers (six of them have published me!) have such faith in me. So what I'm saying is, if you support my writing, you're supporting writing that will almost certainly get published.

And I hope you will consider supporting my writing.

Thanks so much for taking the time to read this.
Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month
You have my gratitude! Thanks for helping me make my art! Enjoy access my patrons-only Patreon blog, featuring sneak-preview instalments of a work-in-progress and a monthly writing challenge for you.
Pledge $5 or more per month
This is so nice of you! Receive a small bundle of my poetry and/or fiction leaflets every 12 months, and access my patrons-only Patreon blog, featuring sneak-preview instalments of a work-in-progress and a monthly writing challenge for you.
Pledge $10 or more per month
You rock! Receive a small bundle of my poetry and/or fiction leaflets, as well as two vintage chapbooks from my Proper Tales micropress (I'll send you a list to choose from), and access my patrons-only Patreon blog, featuring sneak-preview instalments of a work-in-progress and a monthly writing challenge for you.
Pledge $25 or more per month
I am awed by your commitment to my writing! Receive a small bundle of my poetry and/or fiction leaflets, as well as two vintage chapbooks from my Proper Tales micropress (I'll send you a list to choose from), and access my patrons-only Patreon blog, featuring sneak-preview instalments of a work-in-progress and a monthly writing challenge for you. Plus, once a year, you are eligible for a 90-minute Skype reading and Q&A session. Just gather a bunch of people in your living room and Skype me! I'll read to you from both new and published works, and answer any questions you have about my writing and my very unusual writing career.
Pledge $50 or more per month
Oh my gosh — thank you SO flippin' much! Every 6 months you are eligible for a free one-on-one writing-coaching session over Skype (or it could go to anyone you designate). Receive a small bundle of my poetry and/or fiction leaflets, as well as two vintage chapbooks from my Proper Tales micropress (I'll send you a list to choose from), and access my patrons-only Patreon blog, featuring sneak-preview instalments of a work-in-progress and a monthly writing challenge for you. Plus, once a year, you are eligible for a 90-minute Skype reading and Q&A session. Just gather a bunch of people in your living room and Skype me! I'll read to you from both new and published works, and answer any questions you have about my writing and my very unusual writing career. Oh, and I'll thank you in the acknowledgements of my next book and send you a copy.
Goals
$179 of $200 per month
As I said in my intro, I have a lot of projects in the works. Among others, there's an ongoing memoir, a collection of stories called I Am Claude François And You Are A Bathtub, and a novel called, for now, Max Goes. At the same time, I'm working on a book-length collaborative poem with a friend in Halifax, and a suite of sonnets with a friend in Albuquerque. While any money I raise through Patreon will help me buy time to write, if I reach the unlikely goal of $200, that would be a significant milestone. The projects I've listed here are my current priorities, but like race horses, sometimes one sneaks up from rear and dashes toward the finish line.
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I am a scientist in a laboratory of words. Since I was a little kid, I've been a writer. When I was a teenager, I began teaching creative writing workshops. When I was twenty, I began publishing little chapbooks — or stapled pamphlets — of my writing, and soon I was also publishing works by other exciting writers. In my thirties, established literary presses began publishing books of my poetry, fiction, and personal essays. To date, I have nearly 20 books published, and perhaps three times as many chapbooks.

During these decades of writing my own stuff, I have given tons to my communities — in Toronto, and later in Cobourg. I have mentored many beginning writers, organized reading series and book fairs, helped writers find homes for their manuscripts, run a poetry blog, and, for the past nine years, I have been sending out a free weekly emailing of Toronto literary events to many hundreds of subscribers. And I'm always working on a new mag or a new chapbook of someone's work.

I'm a writer who believes in the pure adventure of writing. And I want my readers to have new adventures. Unexpected pleasures. Fresh experiences. And interesting stuff to think about when they finish reading something I've written.

I have explored many kinds of writing in my work, so there are heaps of surprises from book to book. My writing is, at different times, surreal, realist, autobiographical, absurdist, imagist, and lyric. Some of my stories have plots; some of them don't. Some of my poems are just one word long; some of them go on for twenty pages.

The life of a non-commercial writer is economically tenuous. Did you know that a writer's total royalties for a book of poetry might equal half a month's rent? I'm not kidding. I'm grateful for the modest payments I receive from publishers, and for the compensation I receive for the use of my works in Canadian libraries, and for the occasional arts grant I'm fortunate enough to receive. But, to pay my rent and put veggie burgers on my table, I still work very hard as an editor of others' works, and as a writing instructor who offers workshops and one-on-one coaching.

Meanwhile, right now I have 14 different writing projects on the go. I know that's a bit crazy, but that's how I work. I'm writing against the clock, because as I finish one manuscript, I often add another one or two new projects. Sometimes I don't pick up a particular project for two or three years, but they're all there, simmering on the wordstove. Right now, I am working on three solo poetry books, two collaborative poetry books, a collection of poetry for kids, four novels, a memoir, a short-story collection, a book about writing, and a top-secret project.

I'm hoping the funds I receive through Patreon will allow me to take less freelance work and concentrate more on completing my own manuscripts.

I have been very fortunate in that every book manuscript I've ever sent out has been published, even though I'm a real weirdo writer! I sure am grateful that these wonderful publishers (six of them have published me!) have such faith in me. So what I'm saying is, if you support my writing, you're supporting writing that will almost certainly get published.

And I hope you will consider supporting my writing.

Thanks so much for taking the time to read this.

Recent posts by Stuart Ross

Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month
You have my gratitude! Thanks for helping me make my art! Enjoy access my patrons-only Patreon blog, featuring sneak-preview instalments of a work-in-progress and a monthly writing challenge for you.
Pledge $5 or more per month
This is so nice of you! Receive a small bundle of my poetry and/or fiction leaflets every 12 months, and access my patrons-only Patreon blog, featuring sneak-preview instalments of a work-in-progress and a monthly writing challenge for you.
Pledge $10 or more per month
You rock! Receive a small bundle of my poetry and/or fiction leaflets, as well as two vintage chapbooks from my Proper Tales micropress (I'll send you a list to choose from), and access my patrons-only Patreon blog, featuring sneak-preview instalments of a work-in-progress and a monthly writing challenge for you.
Pledge $25 or more per month
I am awed by your commitment to my writing! Receive a small bundle of my poetry and/or fiction leaflets, as well as two vintage chapbooks from my Proper Tales micropress (I'll send you a list to choose from), and access my patrons-only Patreon blog, featuring sneak-preview instalments of a work-in-progress and a monthly writing challenge for you. Plus, once a year, you are eligible for a 90-minute Skype reading and Q&A session. Just gather a bunch of people in your living room and Skype me! I'll read to you from both new and published works, and answer any questions you have about my writing and my very unusual writing career.
Pledge $50 or more per month
Oh my gosh — thank you SO flippin' much! Every 6 months you are eligible for a free one-on-one writing-coaching session over Skype (or it could go to anyone you designate). Receive a small bundle of my poetry and/or fiction leaflets, as well as two vintage chapbooks from my Proper Tales micropress (I'll send you a list to choose from), and access my patrons-only Patreon blog, featuring sneak-preview instalments of a work-in-progress and a monthly writing challenge for you. Plus, once a year, you are eligible for a 90-minute Skype reading and Q&A session. Just gather a bunch of people in your living room and Skype me! I'll read to you from both new and published works, and answer any questions you have about my writing and my very unusual writing career. Oh, and I'll thank you in the acknowledgements of my next book and send you a copy.