2020 DOINGS & 2021 DOINGS TO DATE COMING SOON ~ ENJOY ! ! ! ~ **2019** saw my poem LISTENING TO THE WIND published in MOSAIC the Arts Magazine of King & I performed it at 'THE KING'S FEET -Underground Sound and Literary Festival' put on by Arts Society of King, too! Fun! Read some literary bits & sang a few ditties. Mine of course !!! They even laughed in the right places!
*... Or you can call me "CJ!"
*Some other performance venues in 2019 were Word-Up in Barrie, Ontario; Bailey's in Keswick, Ontario, The Ranch, Barrie, Ontario; The Georgina Art Gallery, Sutton, Ontario & more. Even did a song, my
'Somewhere Sweet' at the grand piano at ICKABOD'S
'Somewhere Sweet' at the grand piano at ICKABOD'S
* Photo taken of a window in Las Vegas.
2011: Most noteworthy... My short fiction story The Poet, was a winner of the Carter V Cooper (CVC) Short Fiction Competition sponsored by & winners chosen by Gloria Vanderbilt.
In 2014 my 2,000 word poem AND SHE LAY HERSELF DOWN was a finalist CANADA's Gwendolyn MacEwan Poetry Competition. AND SHE LAY HERSELF DOWN was later published in the 2016 issue of ELQ: Exile, the Literary Quarterly, Volume 39 No. 4.
2016 & 2017:
Then in July 2016, a story I wrote in Las Vegas was a finalist for 2016's Carter V Cooper (CVC) Short Fiction Competition. Gloria Vanderbilt final judge. This story was called IT WAS A DARK DAY~NOT A STORMY NIGHT~ IN TUCK-TEA-TEE-UCK-TUCK and was published in the CVC Anthology #6, in October, 2016 & in 2017's ELQ: Exile, The Literary Quarterly, ELQ Volume 40 No. 4. Also in 2016, my short story ONE SHOWER TOO MANY came second in The Writers of Simcoe's nationwide Canadian short story competition. Then in 2017 my short story THE HEAT WAS UNBEARABLE was published in the anthology CLI-FI: Canadian Tales of Climate Change, Exile Editions, Toronto, Canada.
*As I mentioned, I won the Gloria Vanderbilt/Exile Short Fiction Award in 2011 for The Poet . And, AND SHE LAY HERSELF DOWN was a finalist for 2014's Gwendolyn McEwen Poetry Competition.
*In 1979, I established Blue Heron Press in Alliston, Ontario, Canada. Blue Heron Press published one book of my poetry and two books of what Canada's Master Gatherer, John Robert Colombo, called aphorisms.
*For part of 1979 & 1980 I wrote a weekly, general interest column for The Herald, Alliston. Ontario.
*1989 Hounslow Press published my non-fiction book THE BEAVER NATURE’S MASTER BUIDER. At the time, this was considered the most comprehensive book on the animal ever published... & more life & lit followed after that in its own way & time... mine...
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*** BUT STILL IN THE VERY RECENT FIRST & THERE ARE A COUPLE LITERARY PIECES & A MUSIC PROJECT I HAVE COMMITTED TO THAT SHOULD BE RELEASED IN 2021 or 2022, DEPENDING ON COVID ***
**** THE MOST RECENT Summer 2019, saw my poem LISTENING TO THE WIND published in MOSAIC, SUMMER ISSUE, The Arts Society of King’s quarterly magazine.
And as you know, I was a co-winner of the Gloria Vanderbilt/Exile Short Fiction Award for 2011 in the emerging writer category. My winning story was called The Poet. My previous literary life went a bit like this. It seems, I always wanted to be a writer.
In 1979, I established Blue Heron Press, Alliston, Ontario to get it all started. I self-published one book of my poetry and two books of what John Robert Colombo called my aphorisms. At that time too, I began writing a general interest column for the weekly paper, The Herald, Alliston. I did the column for about nine months. With Blue Heron Press my aphorisms came out in the books SMALL THINGS, 1979 and BEING, 1981. My Blue Heron Press poetry book was called HER LIGHT WAS LIKE UNTO A STONE and came out in 1981. This was one long, long poem. With two traditional publishers, Vesta Publication in Cornwall, Ontario and Hounslow Press in Toronto, I published several non-fiction books, a chapbook for children and a book of poetry. From Vesta Publications, I had these titles published: BASIC LESSONS IN ENGLISH GRAMMER (education), 1980; THE OLD MAN & THE HIDDEN FOREST (children’s chapbook), 1981; CAPTAIN DREAMER (poetry), 1982; SO YOU WANT TO BE A WRITER (how to), 1983. From Hounslow Press came my book THE BEAVER NATURE’S MASTER BUIDER (non-fiction), 1989. This was the most comprehensive book on the animal published at that time. It took three years of research and writing to complete.
*In those early years 1979-1989, I did a variety of workshops on writing of all kinds, many readings of my work and simply celebrated the literary. I had two articles appear in Canadian Author & Bookman, spoke at a Canadian Authors’ Association conference in Toronto, and wrote a series on writing for Writers’ Lifeline, a writers’ journal out of Cobalt, Ontario. I called this series SO YOU WANT TO BE A WRITER. This later became my book by the same title. In those years, I also had a humorous short story published as runner up in The Barrie Examiner’s writing contest. That was 1988. The story was called ARTHUR & ME . The Barrie Examiner was a Barrie, Ontario newspaper. Two of my Christmas short stories were published in The Herald’s (Alliston) Christmas short story contest’s honourable mention category. These stories were TOMORROW WILL BE CHRISTMAS, 1982 and A BOY & A GUITAR, 1985. In the later 1980’s, I had five short stories published in the weekly newspaper The Cookstown Advocate, 1986-87. These were a humorous series: Hilda & Hemingway in: “HEY HILDA”; “WHO THE HELL’S HEMINGWAY?”; “HAVE YOU SLEPT WITH A MAN LATELY?”; “WHAT’S IT TO YA, ANYWAY?” and “OH-OH HENRY!” In 1987, John Robert Colombo included several of my aphorisms from SMALL THINGS and BEING in his book COLOMBO’s NEW CANADIAN QUOTATIONS published by Mel Hurting.
Then in the early 1990’s, I self-published five short stories as Frank Westcott’s Apocrypha Stories. These were five short stories published as individual entities in 8 ½ x 11 format, each with their own specially designed mailing envelopes. Sold very few. These stories were: THE WRITER & THE WHORE, 1993; THE FISHERMAN, 1993; LUCKY, 1993; SOTU, 1994 ; WINTER, 1995.
Although I continued writing privately, I ostensibly retired from writing for the public arena from that point, until 2003, when I had a wee play PIGEONS published in Exile the Literary Quarterly, ELQ: Volume 27, NO. 1.
Then after another long hiatus, as mentioned in 2011 my short story The Poet won the Gloria Vanderbilt/Exile Short Fiction Award, as mentioned, the co-winner in the emerging writer category. That same year, The Poet was published in Exile the Literary Quarterly: ELQ Volume 35, No. 1 and in the CVC, Carter V. Cooper Anthology Series, Book One, Exile Editions.
In 2014, my short story LAST MAN STANDING was published in Exile, the Literary Quarterly, ELQ Volume 38, No. 2 and in the anthology FRACTURED: TALES OF THE CANADIAN POST-APOCALYPSE, Exile Editions. 2014 also brought my 2,000 word poem AND SHE LAY HERSELF DOWN to light. It was a finalist for that year’s Gwendolyn MacEwen Poetry Prize. This poem was published in 2016’s Exile, the Literary Quarterly, ELQ Volume 39 No. 4. In summer 2016, my short story IT WAS A DARK DAY~NOT A STORMY NIGHT~ IN TUCK-TEA-TEE-UCK-TUCK was a finalist for that year’s Carter V. Cooper/ Exile $15,000 Short Fiction Competition, and later included in CVC Anthology Series, Book Six, as well as being published in 2017's ELQ: Exile, The Literary Quarterly, ELQ Volume 40 No. 4. Also in 2016, my short story One Shower to Many came second in the Writers’ Community of Simcoe County’s nationwide contest. And 2017 my short story THE HEAT WAS UNBEARABLE was published in the anthology CLI-FI: Canadian Tales of Climate Change, Exile Editions, Toronto, Canada.
*** THANKS FOR READING ~ THANKS FOR LISTENING ***
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EDUCATOR: I taught school grades 4,5,6,7 & worked in a variety of special education roles in Ontario, having my Ontario Education's Specialist Certification in Special Education. At one time I was principal of a school for mentally challenged children. MARTIAL ARTS: I have enjoyed my pursuing of the martial arts, attaining my Brown Belt in Shotokan Karate, deferring further advancement to preserve my hands-N-feet-N-mouth for musical interests. I enjoy it for its movement capabilities, stretching & kata, making the body move in ways it would not otherwise, finding it/that a paramount skill-enhancement-tool in life generally, keeping things loose-flexible-&-mind-aware. I use it more for recreation & overall lifestyle balance than self-defence. Perhaps a larger design than its original intent, or perhaps a return to its original, at least early, intent. OTHERWISE: In my non-creative time & endeavours, I enjoy hobby-photography, time with my family, especially my grandchildren. The luxury of now... and yoga, TV, movies, theatre, hiking, walking in parks, Vegas, Disney World , the Country Music Hall of Fame... & various online connections... that enable me to communicate & connect with others in new & happy ways I never dreamed possible. GREATEST NON-FAMILY JOY: Playing my instruments: Guitar, Piano, Keys, Ukulele or Drums & "LIVE"PERFORMING my original songs, 200+ now, entertaining others & occasionally doing a tune or two, by others, deep or fun... All the best, "Grampa Frank!" aka FRANK! aka "CJ!"
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