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General Information:
Full Name: Martin Willitts Jr
Biography:
Martin Willitts Jr is a retired Librarian living in Syracuse, New York. He currently evaluates Prior Learning Evaluations for SUNY Empire State College. He is a visual artist of Victorian and Chinese paper cutouts. He was nominated for 11 Pushcart and 12 Best of the Net awards. He provided his hands-on workshop “How to Make Origami Haiku Jumping Frogs” at the 2012 Massachusetts Poetry Festival and the 2015 Amherst Poetry Festival. Winner of the 2012 Big River Poetry Review’s William K. Hathaway Award; 2013 Bill Holm Witness Poetry Contest; 2013 “Trees” Poetry Contest; 2014 Broadsided award; 2014 Dylan Thomas International Poetry Contest; and, Rattle Ekphrastic Challenge, June 2015, Editor’s Choice. His chapbooks include "Falling In and Out of Love" (Pudding House Publications, 2005), “Lowering Nets of Light” (Pudding House Publications, 2007), “The Garden of French Horns” (Pudding House Publications, 2008), “Baskets of Tomorrow” (Flutter Press, 2009), “The Girl Who Sang Forth Horses” (Pudding House Publications, 2010), “Van Gogh’s Sunflowers for Cezanne” (Finishing Line Press, 2010), “Why Women Are A Ribbon Around A Bomb” (Last Automat, 2011), “Protest, Petition, Write, Speak: Matilda Joslyn Gage Poems” (Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation, 2011), “Secrets No One Wants To Talk About” (Dos Madres Press, 2011), “How to Find Peace” (Kattywompus Press, 2012), “Playing The Pauses In The Absence Of Stars” (Main Street Rag, 2012), “No Special Favors” (Green Fuse Press, 2012), “The Constellations of Memory and Forgiveness” (Seven Circles Press, web book, 2014), “A Is For Aorta” (Kind of Hurricane Press, e-book, 2014), national chapbook contest winning “William Blake, Not Blessed Angel But Restless Man” (Red Ochre Press, 2014), "Swimming in the Ladle of Stars" (Kattywompus Press,2014),“City Of Tents” (Crisis Chronicles Press, 2014), “The Way Things Used To Be” (Writing Knights Press, 2014), and “Late All Night Sessions with Charlie “the Bird” Parker and the Members of Birdland, in Take-Three” (A Kind Of a Hurricane Press, 2015). His full-length books include "The Secret Language of the Universe" (March Street Press, 2006), “The Hummingbird” (March Street Press, 2009), “The Heart Knows, Simply, What It Needs: Poems based on Emily Dickinson, her life and poetry” (Aldrich Press, 2012), “Art is an Impression of What an Artist Sees” (Edgar and Lenore Publishing House, 2013), national ecological award winner for “Searching for What You Cannot See” (Hiraeth Press, 2013), “Before Anything, There Was Mystery” (Flutter Press, 2014), and “Irises, the Lightning Conductor For Van Gogh's Illness” (Aldrich Press, 2014). Martin Willitts Jr forthcoming poetry books include “God Is Not Amused with What You Are Doing in Her Name” (Aldrich Press, 2015), “How to Be Silent” (FutureCycle Press, 2016), and “Dylan Thomas and the Writer’s Shed” (FutureCycle Press, 2017.
Circuit Writer Information:
Category: N.Y.S.
Travel Range: Central New York, but willing to consider other locations.
Transportation: Car.
Dates Available: Any season, negotiable.
Fees: $100-$150 minimum, plus travel, food, lodging. Willing to assist in writing New York Decentralization grants, or Poets And Writers grants.
Contact Information: Email: mwillitts01@yahoo.com
Author's Timeline:
2005 (Unknown) County
Falling In And Out Of Love
(Pub: Pudding House Publications. ISBN: 1589983572.)
Poetry chapbook. Martin Willitts, Jr.'s fourth chapbook is available from http://www.puddinghouse.com/ (go to "Purchase books and prints"), or Pudding House Publications, 81 Shadymere Lane, Columbus, Ohio 43213.  
2006 (Unknown) County
The Secret Language Of The Universe
(Pub: March Street Press. ISBN: 1-59661-055-7.)
Poetry. Martin Willitts, Jr.'s first full-length 72 page book of poetry is available from March Street Press, 3413 Wilshire Drive, Greensboro, North Carolina 27408, http://www.marchstreetpress.com/ (go to "Catalog") or rbixby@earthlink.net. It includes his theme poems of "Before" which mixes anthropology with modern world, his plant and animal poems, "Jackie Kennedy" persona poems about her marriage to John F. Kennedy, and other poems. It also features many of his paper artwork including masks, Victorian and Chinese paper cutouts, and other artwork. 
1980 (Unknown) County
The Circle Will Not Be Broken
(Pub: Raw Dog Press. ISBN: )
Poetry chapbook. 
1982 (Unknown) County
Exit Laughing
(Pub: Backstreet Editions. ISBN: )
Poetry chapbook. 
1985 (Unknown) County
Transitions
(Pub: Writers Resource Center of Toledo. ISBN: )
Poetry chapbook. 
2009 (Unknown) County
The Hummingbird
(Pub: March Street Press. ISBN: )
Poetry. Martin Willitts, Jr.'s second full length book is about art and artists, and it includes three Pushcart nominated poems.  
2006 (Unknown) County
Farewell--The Journey Now Begins
(Pub: Www.languageandculture.net. ISBN: )
On-line chapbook.  
2015 Onondaga County
Martin Willitts, Jr. lives in Syracuse, New York. 
2008 (Unknown) County
The Garden Of French Horns
(Pub: Pudding House Publications. ISBN: )
Poetry chapbook. 
2007 (Unknown) County
Lowering Nets Of Light
(Pub: Pudding House Publications. ISBN: )
Poetry chapbook. 
2007 (Unknown) County
News From The Front
(Pub: Www.slowtrains.com. ISBN: )
On-line chapbook. 
2008 (Unknown) County
Words & Paper
(Pub: Www.threelightsgallery.com. ISBN: )
On-line chapbook. 
2009 (Unknown) County
Baskets Of Tomorrow
(Pub: Flutter Press. ISBN: )
Poetry chapbook. 
2010 (Unknown) County
The Girl Who Sang Forth Horses
(Pub: Pudding House Publications. ISBN: )
Poetry chapbook. 
2010 (Unknown) County
True Simplicity
(Pub: Poets Wear Prada Press. ISBN: )
Poetry chapbook. 
2010 (Unknown) County
Van Gogh's Sunflowers For Cezanne
(Pub: Finishing Line Press. ISBN: )
Poetry chapbook. 
2011 (Unknown) County
Why Women Are A Ribbon Around A Bomb
(Pub: Last Automat ISBN: )
Poetry chapbook. 
2011 (Unknown) County
Protest, Petition, Write, Speak: Matilda Joslyn Gage Poems
(Pub: Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation ISBN: )
Poetry chapbook. 
2011 (Unknown) County
Secrets No One Wants To Talk About
(Pub: Dos Madres Press ISBN: 1933675667 / 978-1933675664)
Poetry chapbook. 
2012 (Unknown) County
How To Find Peace
(Pub: Kattywompus Press ISBN: )
Poetry chapbook. 
2012 (Unknown) County
Playing The Pauses In The Absence Of Stars
(Pub: Main Street Rag ISBN: )
Poetry chapbook. 
2012 (Unknown) County
No Special Favors
(Pub: Green Fuse Press ISBN: )
Poetry chapbook. 
2014 (Unknown) County
The Constellations Of Memory And Forgiveness
(Pub: Seven Circles Press, web book ISBN: )
Poetry chapbook. 
2014 (Unknown) County
A Is For Aorta
(Pub: Kind of Hurricane Press, e-book ISBN: )
Poetry chapbook. 
2014 (Unknown) County
William Blake, Not Blessed Angel But Restless Man
(Pub: Red Ochre Press ISBN: )
Poetry chapbook, national chapbook contest winner. 
2014 (Unknown) County
Swimming In The Ladle Of Stars
(Pub: Kattywompus Press ISBN: )
Poetry chapbook. 
2014 (Unknown) County
City Of Tents
(Pub: Crisis Chronicles Press ISBN: 1940996104 / 978-1940996103)
Poetry chapbook. 
2014 (Unknown) County
The Way Things Used To Be
(Pub: Writing Knights Press ISBN: 1505575095 / 978-1505575095)
Poetry chapbook. 
2015 (Unknown) County
Late All Night Sessions With Charlie 'The Bird' Parker And The Members Of Birdland, In Take-Three
(Pub: A Kind Of A Hurricane Press ISBN: 1507711689 / 978-1507711682)
Poetry chapbook. 
2012 (Unknown) County
The Heart Knows, Simply, What It Needs: Poems Based On Emily Dickinson, Her Life and Poetry
(Pub: Aldrich Press ISBN: )
Collection of poetry. 
2013 (Unknown) County
Art Is Always An Impression Of What An Artist Sees
(Pub: Edgar and Lenore Publishing House ISBN: 0985471514 / 978-0985471514)
Collection of poetry. 
2013 (Unknown) County
Searching For What You Cannot See
(Pub: Hiraeth Press ISBN: )
Collection of poetry, national ecological award winner. 
2014 (Unknown) County
Before Anything, There Was Mystery
(Pub: Flutter Press ISBN: )
Collection of poetry. 
2014 (Unknown) County
Irises, The Lightning Conductor For Van Gogh's Illness
(Pub: Aldrich Press ISBN: 0692286233 / 978-0692286234)
Collection of poetry. 
2015 (Unknown) County
God Is Not Amused With What You Are Doing In Her Name
(Pub: Aldrich Press ISBN: 0692533621 / 978-0692533628)
Collection of poetry. 
2016 (Unknown) County
How To Be Silent
(Pub: FutureCycle Press ISBN: )
Collection of poetry. 
2017 (Unknown) County
Dylan Thomas And The Writer's Shed
(Pub: FutureCycle Press ISBN: )
Collection of poetry. 
? Onondaga County
Martin Willitts, Jr. was born in East Syracuse, New York. 
? Monroe County
Martin Willitts received a B. A. in World Literature from the State University of New York College at Brockport. 
? Onondaga County
Martin Willits received a joint MLS in Information Studies and School Library Media from Syracuse University.  

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