To the Girl
of a Kansas
by vocation, and a poet by avocation, I was born in Halifax, Nova
Scotia, raised principally in Hamilton, Ontario, and have lived in
five of the ten provinces in Canada.
My love of
the written word, in all its applications, was born before television and computers
became home entertainment standards.
was blessed with boundless imagination, nurtured by the likes of Nancy
Drew and the Hardy Boys� series as a young child, and by authors John
Steinbeck, Ayn Rand, Pearl S. Buck, J.D. Salinger, Norman Mailer,
Hemingway, and a host of others in my teens and young adulthood.
Educated primarily in Central Canada, I was also privileged to attend the University of Calgary for three years.
I currently live in Studio City, California, and participate with
great enthusiasm in the Spoken Word poetry scene. I have been featured
at the Sonoma Blue Caf� as part of the Poetic License Poet and Friends
Series, read at the MoonDog Caf� in Hollywood, and at some of the premier poetry venues in
Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley.
I recently won first prize in the Angel.ink International poetry
contest sponsored by Shadyvale Poetry Magazine. Although
every writer thinks about being published, the reality is that most of
our works will never see the light of day in the publishing world.
Cyberspace is about as close as many of us will ever come to being
read by more than just family and friends. I, for one, am
grateful for the catalyst that the net has become in the lives of so
many creative people.
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