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Martin Willitts Jr.

Author's Bio

Martin Willitts Jr is a retired Librarian living in Syracuse, New York. He currently evaluates Prior Learning Evaluations for SUNY Empire State College. He has 10 full-length collections and over 20 chapbooks of poetry including his full-length National Ecological Contest winner,"Searching for What Is Not There."

Publications and Prizes

Dylan Thomas and the Writer’s Shed (FutureCycle Press, 2017), Nasturtiums in Snow Understand Green Is Coming (Foothills Publishing, 2017), Three Ages of Women (Deerbrook Editions, 2017), How to Be Silent (FutureCycle Press, 2016), Before Anything, There Was Mystery (Flutter Press, 2014), Irises, the Lightning Conductor For Van Gogh's Illness (Aldrich Press, 2014), Searching for What You Cannot See (Hiraeth Press, 2013), The Heart Knows, Simply, What It Needs: Poems based on Emily Dickinson, her life and poetry (Aldrich Press, 2012), The Hummingbird (March Street Press, 2009), Farewell--the journey new begins (www.languageandculture.net, 2006)
City of Tents (Crisis Chronicles Press, 2014), Swimming in the Ladle of Stars (Kattywompus Press, 2014), The Way Things Used To Be (Writing Knights Press, 2014), William Blake, Not Blessed Angel But Restless Man (Red Ochre Press, 2014), How To Find Peace (Kattywompus Press, 2012), Playing The Pauses In The Absence Of Stars (Main Street Rag Publishing Company, 2012), Secrets No One Wants To Talk About (Dos Madres Press, 2011), Why Women Are a Ribbon Around a Bomb (The Last Automat Press, 2011), The Girl Who Sang Forth Horses and other poems (Pudding House Publications, 2010), Vsn Gogh's Sunflowers For Cezanne (Finishing Line Press, 2010), Baskets of Tomorrow (Flutter Press, 2009), Garden of French Horns (Pudding House Publications, 2008), Lowering Nets of Light (Pudding House Publications, 2007), Falling In and Out of Love (Pudding House Publications, 2005)
Tranquility (Kind of a Hurricane Press, 2018), Alice In Wonderland Anthology (Silver Birch Press, 2016), Collateral Damage (Glass Lyre Press, 2016), Emergence (Kind of a Hurricane Press, 2016), Shattered (Kind of a Hurricane Press, 2016), Skin Deep Anthology (Glass Lyre Press, 2016), Sugar & Spice (Glass Lyre Press, 2016), Alice in Wonderland (Silver Birch Press, 2015), Bagel with the Bards (ISCS Press, 2015), Weatherings (FutureCycle Press, 2015), Journey Planner and other stories and poems (Cinnamon Press, 2014), Paradise Found (Levellers Press, 2014), Gathered: Contemporary Quakers (Sundress Publications, 2013), Hope Springs a Turtle (Lost Tower Publications, 2013), Reaching Out and other stories and poems (Cinnamon Press, 2013), The Book of Euclid (Cinnamon Press, 2013), The Heart of All That Is: Reflections on Home (Holy Cow Press, 2013), Written on Water (Mayapple Press, 2013), City of the Big Shoulders (University of Iowa Press, 2012), In Terra Pax and other stories and poems (Cinnamon Press, 2012), Jericho and other stories and poems (Cinnamon Press, 2012), Love Notes (Vagabondage Press, 2012), Meditations on Divine Names (Moonrise Press, 2012), A Roof of Red Tiles and other stories and poems (Cinnamon Press, 2011), Feeding the Cat and other stories and poems (Cinnamon Press, 2011), Chopin With Cherries (Moonrise Press, 2010), Glimmer and other stories and poems (Cinnamon Press, 2010), Seasons of Change (Outrider Press, 2010), The Visitors (Cinnamon Press, 2010), VWA: poems for Hati (Caper Literary Journal, 2010), Against Agamemnon (WaterWood Press, 2009), In the Telling (Cinnamon Press, 2009), Journey (Eden Waters Press, 2009), Storm at Galesburg and other stories and poems (Cinnamon Press, 2009), Mint Sauce and other stories and poems (Cinnamon Press, 2008), Confluence; Smoke Signals In The E-Mail (Confluence Anthology, 2006), Hurricane Blues: Poems about Katrina and Rita (Southeast Missouri State University Press, 2006)
About Place Journal, Another Chicago Magazine, Autumn Sky Poetry, Bent Pin Quartely, Big Bridge, Big City Lit, Blue Fifth Review, Blue Lyra Review, Conclave: A Journal of Character, Conte, Ekphrasis, Empirical Magazine, Flint Hills Review, Flutter Poetry Journal, Illya's Honey, Images, Iodine Poetry Journal, jmww, Kentucky Review, Muddy River Poetry Review, Naugatuck River Review, Nebo, New Mexico Review, New Verse News, Numinous: Spiritual Poetry, Octavo, Origami Poems Project, Parting Gifts, Peacock Journal, Pebble Lake Review, Perfume River Poetry Review, Pirene's Fountain, Poetica Magazine, Poppy Road Review, Postcard Poems and Prose, Prairie Wolf Press Review, Queen City Review, Quiddity International Literary Journal, ragazine, Rattle, Red Booth Review, Red Ochre Lit, Rhubarb Magazine, Seven Circles Press, sidereality, Slow Trains, Stone Canoe, The Bitter Oleander, The Broadkill Review, The Centrifugal Eye, The Cherry Blossom Review, The Comstock Review, The Inflectionist Review, The Lampeter Review, the new renaissance, Tipton Poetry Journal, Verse-Virtual, Walnut Literary Review, Wilderness House Literary Review, Xanadu
Nominated for 11 Pushcart and 11 Best of the Net awards. He provided his hands-on workshop “How to Make Origami Haiku Jumping Frogs” at the 2012 Massachusetts Poetry Festival. Winner of the 2012 Big River Poetry Review’s William K. Hathaway Award ; co-winner of the 2013 Bill Holm Witness Poetry Contest; winner of the 2013 “Trees” Poetry Contest; winner of the 2014 Broadsided award; winner of the 2014 Dylan Thomas International Poetry Award; Rattle Ekphrastic Challenge, June 2015,Editor’s Choice.

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Listing last updated: September 25, 2016

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