Keith lives in Swansea, Massachusetts. He has an abiding love and passion for the visual, literary and performing arts. At an early age, he started playing the classical guitar and studying privately with Maestro Joseph Raposo, Sr. (Boston Conservatory of Music) until he was 17. He started writing poetry in high school. Reading, music, storytelling and movies became singular passions for him, all of which set him on a lifelong path of exploration in creativity.
In the spring of 2014, he began thinking in earnest about what life would be like in the future. Given the fact that civilization would be intact, what would people 500 years from now be like? How would technology change them? What effect would mankind’s aggressive personality traits and competitive, warlike spirit have on the ever–spiraling rush toward scientific mastery over the universe? How much would the practice of scientism affect, even replace, religion as we know it today?
Starting on May 23rd until October 9th of that year, he sat down at his computer on a daily basis and began writing a science fiction/fantasy/thriller about the quest for human immortality that plays itself out in the 26th century. This website helps introduce readers to this chronicle and it represents Keith’s ongoing journey in writing about it.
In 2018, a nonfiction, short story of mine, “A Storyteller’s Inspiration”, was accepted by the Association of Rhode Island Authors’[ARIA] annual anthology. In this essay, I briefly discuss the people and storytellers who have inspired me, as well as the quest I have been on to write fictional novels.
I had the honor of writing one of the chapters in Stephen King’s nonfiction book, Hearts in Suspension (2016). Writing it was not an easy task as I had mostly shut down many of my memories and experiences of that time (1966–1971). However, I thoroughly enjoyed working with Jim Bishop, a former professor of English at the University of Maine Orono [UMO], who taught at the university during the time I attended UMO. Jim is the spark behind the idea of this book. He is the editor of it as well. Jim was the best editor I have had the privilege of working with over my writing career. It was a joy working with him. However, I am not sure he would say he had the same pleasure in working with me. I put him through a massive task. Once my memory of that time was released, I unleashed a manuscript containing 14,000 words. Jim pared it down to a far saner length.
To date, Hearts in Suspension has received 4.4 out of 5 stars on Amazon, based on 37 reviews of the book by Amazon readers. It is published by The University of Maine Press. Proceeds of sales for the book are received by the university press to help with UMO’s research and scholarly work in Maine and the Canadian Maritimes (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island).
Contained below, are two links, the first being embedded in the word “article”.
The first is a Bangor Daily News [BDN] article written by BDN staff writer Dawn Gagnon (November 7, 2016 / updated September 7, 2017). The article covers the November 7, 2016 book release of Hearts in Suspension, which occurred on the UMO campus the evening before the national presidential election. The event was held in Hutchins Concert Hall at the Richard R. and Anne A. Collins Center for the Arts [CCA].
I have provided a first–hand account of this event in my blog, “With Stephen King – Master Storyteller” (12 November 2016). I think you might like reading this weblog post.
In addition, my blog about how Steve influenced me as a writer 50 years after I first met him might be of interest to you. Please see the article entitled, “The Storytellers – Part IV” (25 February 2016).
The full video of the book launch is shown below. It was recorded by the University of Maine.
While the length of this video is 1:36:05, it may be of interest to Stephen King fans to watch. For example, Jim Bishop, Steve’s first university English professor, provides background information about Hearts in Suspension and about Steve as a student during Steve’s time as an undergraduate at UMO [7:32 – 19:20].
Steve addresses the 1,500 people in attendance. While reminiscing about his experiences at UMO during the Vietnam era, he regales the audience with his insights and satirical barbs about past and present events [19:20 – 55:50]. He also reads from one of the passages he wrote for the book [Note: Graphic language].
Steve introduces those of us who contributed to the book and Jim facilitates the discussion that follows between us [55:50 – 1:16:14].
A question and answer segment occurs next, which brings the Hearts in Suspension, book launch event to an end [1:16:14 – 1:36:05].
The above CV provides a sample list of my academic writing. This listing starts at the bottom of page five and ends at the top of page nine. A formal statement about my academic interests and research follows below (p. 10):
“Paradigmatic considerations relating to reflection, reasoning, inquiry, critical thinking, teaching effectiveness, performance, clinical teaching intervention strategies, and creativity throughout educational practice of diverse learning, research and working environments. Ongoing critical inquiry relating to the infusion of the performing arts into educational practice.”
Wheezer is in my arms. Her unique personality helped inspire three of the characters and entities in the Penitent – Part II (Photo by Carolyn Carreiro, c 2012.)