About the Artist
Name: Greg Frankson a.k.a. Ritallin
Occupation: Artist. Activist. Social Innovator.
City: Whitby, Ontario, Canada
Age: Fairly young but older than you think
Passions: Spoken word poetry, music, social change
Here are a few facts about Greg the artist. He has:
- Appeared on the CBC TV special Canada’s Smartest Person in March 2012 and for two years was the resident poet on the CBC Radio One program Here and Now Toronto.
- Published the poetry collections Cerebral Stimulation (BeWrite Books, 2006), Lead on a Page (International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership, 2012) and A Weekly Dose of Ritallin (FreisenPress, 2015) under the name A. Gregory Frankson.
- Contributed to the anthologies Mic Check (Quattro Books, 2008), That Not Forgotten (Hidden Brook Press, 2012) and The Great Black North (Frontenac House, 2013).
- Created four spoken word recordings, appeared on numerous poetry compilation CDs and collaborated with award-winning musicians such as Kinnie Starr, Spesh K and The Fugitives.
- Won a national slam championship with the Toronto Up From The Roots team at the 2012 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word (CFSW) and finished second at the 2012 Canadian Individual Poetry Slam.
Accolades include a profile by Who’s Who In Black Canada in December 2010, induction to the VERSe Ottawa Hall of Honour in 2013 for outstanding contributions to poetry in the National Capital Region, and a 2014 Black Canadian Award nomination for Best Spoken Word.