A short Biography of Ken Snowdon, aka Vincent Moore the Canadian Poet
Ken was born in Montreal on November 19,1948. That makes him a Scorpio. His parents were James and Hazel Snowdon. James was born in Cape Breton Island and Hazel Pain was born in Montreal. They had 5 children together, Jim, Judy, Ken, Linda and Elizabeth as well two half sisters Joan and Carol. Ken attended public schools in two suburbs of Montreal, (NDG and Point St Charles). He grew up in a turbulent family in the 1950’s and 1960’s.
Snowdon’s Public School Years:
Baptized as a Catholic, Ken only remembers taking his first communion and reading parts of the catechism and receiving the host on the tip of his tongue. At the age of 7 on his birthday he was struck by a vehicle while running across the street with a piece of chocolate cake in his hand. Suffering a fractured skull, he was treated very nicely by the driver who accidentally struck him, as well all the medical personnel at the Children’s Hospital. Throughout his young school years, Ken was a rebel and often scolded by teachers for his bad behavior. He refused to be taught, as daily he went to school with anger from a very tumultuous time at home. Always in fear for his mother, due to abuse caused by a man living in their home.
A Savior Found Him:
Entering High School was a difficult task, he again was a rebel and fought the teacher’s teachings and rebelled against Principle’s who he felt were out to harshly discipline boys and girls like him, was he a rebel with or without a cause, he thought so? They expelled him in his first year due to his disobedience. But little did they know, they were doing him the greatest service by doing so. He was industrious as a teen working after school and through this he met a family who took him in as a son, and this is where Ken’s life took a huge fork in the road.
Not only was he convinced to re-enter night school to complete his High School, but it also matured him quickly. He enjoyed being among adults who treated him like one, not as a rebel, and he respected them and his teachers. It took him 4 years of hard study, but he received his diploma with honor. His favorite subjects in school were to build a foundation for him later in life. The Arts and Social Sciences were subjects he thrived on. He dreamt of becoming an actor or writer and little did he know at that time that he would become an expressive poet.
A Struggling Soul:
In 2003 while driving through the state of Kentucky in the early morning, a change in his skeptic thinking altered him. After seeing an apparition on the side of the highway and where she disappeared into a mist leading to a cemetery gifted him a few years later to pour out his soul in poetic form. After his investigation into this sighting, it was confirmed for him by various people who lived in that state, that “The Lady in White” who he called her, actually had been sighted many times over the centuries. In 2008 he was led to pen a poem called “Graveyard of Lost Souls” and from there penned 3 more surrounding this sighting. Ken felt that he was led by this manifestation of a restless spirit that early morning back in 2003. He now realizes that he is an old soul and was reached out to by The Lady in White.
Ken’s Daily Present Life:
After penning his first poem in 2003 he has gone on to pen many, many more poems and continues to do so. Ken as Vincent Moore has 3 published books of poetry to his credit and is working on his fourth. He is inspired by Muse’s from the past, one being Edgar Allan Poe, who he aspires to be led by, and moved by his work. Another is his savior as a young man of 15 years old, (GDW) who took him under his wing and taught him the values of humanity. This man pulled him from the dark abyss he lived in under mental abuse.
Ken was trained in the Arts, he was a talented painter and drew upon his lessons from galleries. It was the love of art, music, dance, acting and reading authors who inspired him as a boy and teen that shaped his future. All of these experiences from his past young life have led him to where he is as a poet today. Ken is active at various sites, sharing his work and building a following. He has been interviewed by online magazines on various occasions and accolades bestowed on his work. Ken is a very humble poet, he lives a fairly reclusive life, keeps a relationship with a small circle of old friends. Many of his online friends keep in daily contact with him and others email him to discuss his work. Ken is in the twilight years and will continue to pen his thoughts and experiences on life itself until he breathes his last here on earth. He hopes that the legacy of poetry he will leave behind inspires other to express themselves as he has tried to do in his writings.
Vincent Moore July 2016