Graham J. Ducker

Pseudonym
The Pragmatic Poet
Place of Birth
Kirkland Lake
Date of Birth
Nationality
Canadian
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."

Occupation
  • Retired Teacher
  • Retired Principal
Education
  • 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
Organizations and Associations
Publications

Memoirs:

  • 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)

Poetry:

  • 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