Martin Willitts Jr.

147 Mosley Dr. Apt 2
Syracuse, NY 13206
(607) 316-7928

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 13 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

Before Anything, There Was Mystery
(Flutter Press, 2014)
, Dylan Thomas and the Writer’s Shed
(FutureCycle Press, 2017)
, Farewell--the journey new begins
(, 2006)
, How to Be Silent
(FutureCycle Press, 2016)
, Irises, the Lightning Conductor For Van Gogh's Illness
(Aldrich Press, 2014)
, Nasturtiums in Snow Understand Green Is Coming
(Foothills Publishing, 2017)
, 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)
, The Uncertain Lover
(Dos Madres Press, 2018)
, Three Ages of Women
(Deerbrook Editions, 2017)
A Roof of Red Tiles and other stories and poems
(Cinnamon Press, 2011)
, Against Agamemnon
(WaterWood Press, 2009)
, Alice in Wonderland
(Silver Birch Press, 2015)
, Alice In Wonderland Anthology
(Silver Birch Press, 2016)
, An Outbreak of Peace: Responses to the centenary of the end of WWI
(Arachne, 2018)
, Bagel with the Bards
(ISCS Press, 2015)
, Carrying the Branch
(Glass Lyre Press, )
, Chopin With Cherries
(Moonrise Press, 2010)
, City of the Big Shoulders
(University of Iowa Press, 2012)
, Cloudburst
(Foothills Publishing, 2017)
, Collateral Damage
(Glass Lyre Press, 2016)
, Confluence; Smoke Signals In The E-Mail
(Confluence Anthology, 2006)
, Dementia
(Beatlick Press, 2019)
, Emergence
(Kind of a Hurricane Press, 2016)
, Feeding the Cat and other stories and poems
(Cinnamon Press, 2011)
, Gathered: Contemporary Quakers
(Sundress Publications, 2013)
, Glimmer and other stories and poems
(Cinnamon Press, 2010)
, Hope Springs a Turtle
(Lost Tower Publications, 2013)
, Hot Mess
(Sundress Publications, 2018)
, Hurricane Blues: Poems about Katrina and Rita
(Southeast Missouri State University Press, 2006)
, In Terra Pax and other stories and poems
(Cinnamon Press, 2012)
, In the Telling
(Cinnamon Press, 2009)
, Jericho and other stories and poems
(Cinnamon Press, 2012)
, Journey
(Eden Waters Press, 2009)
, Journey Planner and other stories and poems
(Cinnamon Press, 2014)
, Like Light: 25 Years of Poetry and Peace by Bright Hill Poets & Writers
(Bright Hill Press, 2017)
, Love Notes
(Vagabondage Press, 2012)
, Meditations on Divine Names
(Moonrise Press, 2012)
, Mint Sauce and other stories and poems
(Cinnamon Press, 2008)
, Nancy Drew Anthology
(Silver Birch Press, 2016)
, Night Garden Journal
(Flutter Press, 2018)
, Paradise Found
(Levellers Press, 2014)
, Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors, Volume 6
(Southeast Missouri State University Press, 2018)
, Reaching Out and other stories and poems
(Cinnamon Press, 2013)
, Seasons of Change
(Outrider Press, 2010)
, Shattered
(Kind of a Hurricane Press, 2016)
, Skin Deep Anthology
(Glass Lyre Press, 2016)
, Storm at Galesburg and other stories and poems
(Cinnamon Press, 2009)
, Sugar & Spice
(Glass Lyre Press, 2016)
, Survival
(Beatlick Press, 2018)
, The Book of Euclid
(Cinnamon Press, 2013)
, The Heart of All That Is: Reflections on Home
(Holy Cow Press, 2013)
, The Sexuality Poems
(Foothills Publishing, 2017)
, The Visitors
(Cinnamon Press, 2010)
, Tranquility
(Kind of a Hurricane Press, 2018)
, VWA: poems for Hati
(Caper Literary Journal, 2010)
, Water
(Beatlick Press, 2017)
, Weatherings
(FutureCycle Press, 2015)
, Written on Water
(Mayapple Press, 2013)
About Place Journal, Adelaide Literary Magazine, Alexandria Quarterly, Another Chicago Magazine, Aurorean, Autumn Sky Poetry Daily, Bent Pin Quartely, Big Bridge, Big City Lit, Blue Fifth Review, Blue Lyra Review, Caesura, Conclave: A Journal of Character, Conte, Dash Literary Journal, Ekphrasis, Empirical Magazine, Flint Hills Review, Flutter Poetry Journal, Homestead Review, Illya's Honey, Images, Iodine Poetry Journal, JMWW, Kentucky Review, MockingHeart Review, Muddy River Poetry Review, Naugatuck River Review, Nebo, New Madrid, 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, Red Wolf Journal, Rhubarb Magazine, Seven Circles Press, sidereality, Sin Fronteras, Slow Trains, Stone Canoe, Bitter Oleander, Blue Nib, The Broadkill Review, The Centrifugal Eye, The Cherry Blossom Review, The Comstock Review, The Inflectionist Review, The Lampeter Review, the new renaissance, These Fragile Lilacs, Tipton Poetry Journal, Verse-Virtual, Walnut Literary Review, Wilderness House Literary Review, Xanadu, Your Impossible Voice
Baskets of Tomorrow
(Flutter Press, 2009)
, City of Tents
(Crisis Chronicles Press, 2014)
, Falling In and Out of Love
(Pudding House Publications, 2005)
, Garden of French Horns
(Pudding House Publications, 2008)
, How To Find Peace
(Kattywompus Press, 2012)
, Lowering Nets of Light
(Pudding House Publications, 2007)
, 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)
, Swimming in the Ladle of Stars
(Kattywompus Press, 2014)
, The Girl Who Sang Forth Horses and other poems
(Pudding House Publications, 2010)
, The Way Things Used To Be
(Writing Knights Press, 2014)
, Vsn Gogh's Sunflowers For Cezanne
(Finishing Line Press, 2010)
, Why Women Are a Ribbon Around a Bomb
(Last Automat Press, 2011)
, William Blake, Not Blessed Angel But Restless Man
(Red Ochre Press, 2014)
, You Enter, and It All Falls Apart
(Flutter Press, 2018)
Prizes Won: 
Nominated for 15 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; Editor’s Choice; Rattle Ekphrastic Challenge, Artist’s Choice, November 2016, Stephen A. DiBiase Poetry Prize, 2018.He won two Central New York Individual Artist Awards, 2016-2017 providing "Poetry On The Bus" which had 48 local poems in local buses including 20 bi-lingual poems from 7 different languages seen by thousands of bus users and people attending the New York State Fair.National Ecological Award winner for “Searching for What You Cannot See” (Hiraeth Press, 2013); National Turtle Island Editor’s Choice Award for his chapbook, “The Wire Fence Holding Back the World” (Flowstone Press, 2016). 

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Last updated: Sep 22, 2018