Author, Social Entrepreneur, Consultant & Educator
A. Gregory Frankson, a.k.a. Ritallin, is an educator, activist, consultant, and award-winning literary artist. Since 2004, Greg has featured in numerous audio recordings, videopoems, public speeches, articles, and literary journals. He appears in five anthologies, including the award-winning collection The Great Black North, published four poetry collections, and is the editor of the critically acclaimed AfriCANthology: Perspectives of Black Canadian Poets. His debut work of creative nonfiction, Alphabet Soup, will be published by Dundurn Press in 2024. Greg is a 2012 national poetry slam champion, a 2013 inductee to the VERSe Ottawa Hall of Honour, and won Best Author in the 2021 ByBlacks.com People’s Choice Awards. He is the past poet laureate of the International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership, appeared on CBC TV’s Canada’s Smartest Person, and is the former poetic commentator on Here and Now Toronto on CBC Radio One. Greg is the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Anti-Racism Advisor for the Canadian Real Estate Association, and the CEO of Voice Share Inc., which helps individuals and teams strengthen their inclusive leadership and effective communication skills. He serves on the board of Prince’s Trust Canada and as chairperson of the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA) Council at Abilities Centre. He is also a co-founder of AfriCANthology Canada, which produces BlackLit Durham and other projects that highlight and amplify the stories of Black Canadians. Greg is passionately dedicated to living according to his personal mission statement – to present the vision that inspires others to positively change the world.