The Middle of the Meadow – A Story and Two Poems

words & artwork by Vanessa McKiel


The middle of the meadow is a chapbook written and illustrated by author and printmaker Vanessa McKiel. In the namesake short story, a woman recalls small childhood memories which help her move through grief. The story is bookended by two poems and includes nine linocut prints of wildflowers.

Little Books Collective Middle of the Meadow Vanessa McKiel poems short story

Vanessa McKiel has worked as a tree-planter, an outward bound instructor, and a family doctor. Now she is a printmaker and writer. Her work has appeared in The South Shore Review. She lives in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. Website: Instagram: @vanessa_mckiel

For copies of this chapbook:
Visit Blockshop Books, Chicory Blue General Store, Jenny Jib, and LaHave River Books. Or, contact Vanessa through her website.

As a writer and printmaker, it was very exciting for me to have the opportunity to bring both these arts together in pairing my writing with my printmaking. The chapbook format allowed for this freedom and the Little Books Collective provided valuable feedback and support.

~ Vanessa McKiel