In the spring of 2012, I was invited to write a bi-weekly column for OurBurlington, a small local news blog in the area. I did this for a year and a bit. This was followed by periodic and longer posts to a larger local news & views source in Hamilton: Raise the Hammer.
Now, in the Spring 2017, I continue to 'keep an eye on' the wonderful & evolving Golden Horseshoe region of Ontario. - My turf. - Recent items have also appeared in The Hamilton Spectator, The Cambridge Times, The Lighthouse Digest, and Niagara This Week. For overview of my stories thus far, link HERE.
Outside of this recent spate of photo-journalism, I have also written two novels, 'Economic Sex' (under pen-name), published with Coach House Press in the 1980s, as well as 'The Gilded Beaver by Anonymous', published by Acorn Press Canada of Ontario, and winner of the Hamilton Ats Council Best Fiction Award in 1999.
Under my own artists' imprint, I've produced several coffee table books that explore an on-going area of interest and activity - photography.
Finally, for a taste of my poetic efforts, (with two poetry books published to date, On Top of Mount Nemo & Bush Chord), consider this gracious tribute of my words by Dr. Carol Soucek King, published during Brick Books 40th Anniversary 'Celebration of Canadian Poetry'. - I also contributed a review there of the inimitable 'Robert W. Service: The People's Poet', (published October, 2015.)
More of my poetry can be considered on the excellent Canpoetry site - created over a decade ago by the University of Toronto. I've also been honored that Canadian composer, Tobin Stokes, has set the title poem of Bush Chord into a new choral work - performed by renowned choral group, Vox Humana.
In the spring of 2017, in response to Canada's 150th year of Confederation, I have released my first 'spoken word' and electropop album, CANADADA: TAKE TWO. (It recently got an excellent review by Glen Brown, Founder of Greater Hamilton Musician, and again, another great review by Ryan McGreal, Founder/Editor of 'Raise the Hammer'.)
Finally, one of my short stories, The Frozen Goose, was published in 'ENGRAVED: Canadian Stories of World War One', in 2014. It is now a completed 25 min short film - written, produced and directed by yours truly. A sold-out premiere happened at the Art Gallery of Burlington in September of 2016. The first edition DVDs have also sold out.
There has been lots of press for two years about that effort - with a really terrific review in that December Issue of The View Magazine. (Swipe to Page 13.)
And the film was selected for the 2017 Hamilton Film Festival, as part of the 'Ontario Shorts Program'. It will screen on Wednesday, Nov.8th, 7pm, at Cinestarz Burlington. (UPDATE Oct.10th/2017): First screening has SOLD OUT. Second Screening scheduled for Nov. 9th. Link here for Tickets & Map. (UPDATE, Dec 20th, 2017) Concurrently, the film was shown on COGECO/YOURTV on Remembrance Day (x3), and again on CABLE 14, who cover most of Southern Ontario, as part of their 'Holiday Programming' on Dec 16th,2017. Educational distributor, MacIntyre Media of Collingwood, has now picked up the Canadian rights for this film for four years. Hoorah!
The FROZEN GOOSE is also ON-LINE for personal viewing.
Yes. Lotsa Serious Fun!