stage MONIKERS are : "GRAMPA FRANK!" or FRANK! **2019** saw my poemLISTENING TO THE WIND published in the summer issue of MOSAIC, the quarterly magazine of ASK, the Arts Society of King, in Aurora, Ontario, Canada, & in February 2019, I performed 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!
* 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
LOUNGE in Las Vegas. ~
At 'IKABOD'S LOUNGE', Las Vegas, December 18, 2019, after playing my song 'SOMEWHERE SWEET' (click to listen) on their white grand piano on the stage & to the left of me where you can't see, but... click song title to listen. Ah... the listening more important with music, than the seeing!
At 'WORD-UP', Barrie, Ontario, December 12, 2019.
* MY MOTTO TOO!!!
"I don't give concerts, I put on a show!" Liberace
Amen to that!
* Photo taken of a window in Las Vegas.
INCIDENTALS 'MY WRITING LIFE' TO DATE
I was as a co-winner of the Gloria Vanderbilt/Exile Short Fiction Award in 2011. The winners were chosen by Gloria Vanderbilt in honour of her son Carter Vanderbilt Cooper who passed away in 1988. The award is now called the Carter V Cooper (CVC) Short Fiction Competition. My 2011winning story was called The Poet . Gloria Vanderbilt chose the winners.
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.
In 2014, my short story LAST MAN STANDING was published twice, once in Exile, the Literary Quarterly, ELQ Volume 38, No. 2. Then in the anthology FRACTURED: TALES OF THE CANADIAN POST-APOCALYPSE, Exile Editions.
2016 & 2017:
In May 2016, my 2014 Gwendolyn McEwen Competition's finalist poem AND SHE LAY HERSELF DOWN was published in ELQ 39:4 [Exile the Literary Quarterly] .
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 July 2016, my story ONE SHOWER TOO MANY came second in the Writers'
Community of Simcoe County's nationwide (Canada) short story competition. Also in July 2016, my short story THE HEAT WAS UNBEARABLE accepted for inclusion in a climate change anthology (fiction) called CLI-FI: Tales of Canadian Climate Change. This was published in the Spring of 2017.
In 2017, IT WAS A DARK DAY~NOT A STORMY NIGHT~ IN TUCK-TEA-TEE-UCK-TUCK was published for a second time. This time in ELQ: 40:4 [Exile the Literary Quarterly, Toronto, Canada.
**GENERAL WRITING ~ HISTORICALLY **
*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.
MY EARLY LITERARY LIFE:
*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.
*My BLUE HERON PRESS books were: SMALL THINGS (aphorisms), 1979; BEING, (aphorisms), 1981; HER LIGHT WAS LIKE UNTO A STONE, (poetry), 1981 .
*For part of 1979 & 1980 I wrote a weekly, general interest column for The Herald, Alliston. Ontario.
*1980 - 1983 Vesta Publications published several of my non-fiction books: BASIC LESSONS IN ENGLISH GRAMMAR (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.
*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.
*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 MacEwan Poetry Prize. This poem was published in the 2016 issue of Exile, the Literary Quarterly, ELQ Volume 39 No. 4.
In the early 1980’s McMaster University put me in their Alumni Gallery to acknowledge my writing, publishing and music endeavours up to that time.
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.
HOBBIES INCLUDE: KARATE: BROWN BELT in SHOTOKAN; YOGA; FITNESS; NATURE; travel to LAS VEGAS; travel to DISNEYWORLD; travel to NASHVILLE; travel to various MUSIC HAUNTS in Ontario; I LOVE to PERFORM, write songs & play music, either drums, a guitar, a keyboard or piano & sing my songs. LOVE THAT.