Graham J. Ducker

Graham J. Ducker
The Pragmatic Poet
Place of Birth: 
Kirkland Lake
Date of Birth: 
July 17, 1939
Home Community: 
Durham Region Background: 

Graham Ducker moved to Durham Region in 1995 for work, and shortly after began writing memoirs. "I own a small publishing business J Graham Publishing for small projects and chap books. The business also sponsors the annual Stellar Literary Festival."



    • Don’t Wake The Teacher! (Hidden Brook Press, 2004)

Educational Articles:

    • Reasons for the Increase of Emotional Disturbance in the Primary Grades (Ontario Institute For Studies In Education, ORBIT Magazine, 1978; Ontario School Advocate Vol. 1, Issue 3)
    • Competitive vs Non-Competitive Music Festivals (Dimensions Magazine, Fall 1974)
    • "The Feasibility of Early Entry into Kindergarten" in The Fort Frances Board Of Education Principals' Association.
    • "Ministry of Education, You Reap What You Sow" in The Renaissance (Spring 2003)
    • "Instilling the Alphabet in Young Students" in The Ontario School Advocate (Vol.1, Issue 2).

Instructional Booklets:

    • The kinaesthetic letter routine (2008)
    • The non-verbal/verbal diagnostic test (2008)

Short Stories and Anthologies:

    • The Sweet Smell of Success (Canadian Stories Vol. 13, 2010)
    • "Grannie’s Sky" in Grandmothers’ Necklace (Epic Press, 2010)
    • "His Precious Treasure", formerly The Wallet in The Messenger (April 2010)
    • "A Culinary Connection" in Canadian Voices (Volume One, 2009)
    • "Long Ago And Far Away" in Lichen (2006)
    • The great organized kindergarten snowball fight (Red Deer Press, 2003)
    • The day the whale swallowed my kindergarten class (Red Deer Press, 2003)
    • "The Gift" in The Word Weaver (The Writers’ Circle of Durham Region)
    • Colourful Thoughts (The Canadian Messenger, Fall 2003)
    • "Medicinal Mud" in As I was saying (Northview Seniors Writing Group Anthology)
    • "Abandoned" in Canadian Stories (6(43) p. 35-37, 2005)
    • "It’s Hard to Understand Cats" in The Canadian Authors’ Association Anthology (Canadian Authors' Association, 2005)
    • "Old Bart’s Legacy" in The Canadian Authors’ Association Anthology (Canadian Authors' Association, 2005)
    • "What If…" in The Canadian Authors’ Association Anthology (Canadian Authors' Association, 2005)


    • Thirty-Three (Uxbridge Times/Journal, Spring 2001)
    • "September 11" in A Time of Trial, Beyond the Terror Of 9/11 (Hidden Brook Press, 2001)
    • "Anguish" in A Time of Trial, Beyond the Terror Of 9/11 (Hidden Brook Press, 2001)
    • Many poems published in the Canada Cuba Literary Alliance books, The Ambassador.
    • "The Nest" in Signatures (Writers’ Circle of Durham Region, 2002)
    • Mitten Memories (The Canadian Messenger, 2003)
    • The Midnight Marauder (The Squire Poetry Poster Vol. 1 #9, July 2004)
    • "The Computer and Me" in The Poet and the P.C. (Ontario Poetry Society, 2003)
    • "Ripples in Time" in Unlocking The Muse (Ontario Poetry Society)
    • "Timeless Anticipation" in Unlocking The Muse (Ontario Poetry Society)
    • "The swallowtail butterfly" in The Ambassador of The Canada Cuba Literary Alliance (2004).
    • Observations of Heart and Mind (Hidden Brook Press, 2006)

Magazine Articles:

    • He was a regular monthly contributer to Oshawa Life, later named The Durham Life Magazine, from March 1, 2001 to October 1, 2002
Public Speaking Topics: 
  • Instructional discussion on how to use the external environment for developing language in the Primary Grades
  • Reading/telling short stories/poems to children/adults
  • Time flexibility
  • Retired Teacher 
  • Retired Principal
  • Honours Graduate from Laurentian University
  • Lakehead University
  • Primary Methods Supervisor
Honours and Awards: 
  • The poem Thirty-Three received Third Prize in BLUSH II Magazine Poetry Contest, published by the Uxbridge Times/Journal, Spring 2001
  • Long Ago And Far Away received first place standing in the Lichen Epistolary Fiction, 2006
  • Short story, Life in a Leaf, placed first in the Mariposa Literary Contest, 2008
  • The short story, A Culinary Connection, placed third in the Mariposa Literary Contest, 2009
  • The short story ‘Ship’ Building received an Honourable Mention in the 72nd Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition
  • The re-entered short story ‘Ship’ Repairs received another Honourable Mention in the 74th Writer’s Digest Writing Competition out of 18,000 entries
Literary Influences: 
  • Charles Dickens
  • Dylan Thomas
  • Sir William Gilbert
  • George Orwell
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