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Martin Willitts, Jr. has been a puppeteer, oral storyteller, Jazz and Blues mandolin player, and retired as a Senior Librarian in upstate New York. He is a visual artist of Victorian and Chinese paper cutouts. He makes origami and has a workshop he calls “Origami Haiku Jumping Frogs” in which the origami actually bounces. He was nominated for 5 Pushcart and 4 Best Of The Net awards.
He has print chapbooks "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), ), “Late All Night Sessions with Charlie “the Bird” Parker and the Members of Birdland, in Take-Three” (A Kind Of a Hurricane Press, ebook, 2013).
He has three full length books "The Secret Language of the Universe" (March Street Press, 2006), and “The Hummingbird” (March Street Press, 2009), and “The Heart Knows, Simply, What It Needs: Poems based on Emily Dickinson, her life and poetry” (Aldrich Press, 2012).
Martin Willitts, Jr. forthcoming poetry books include “Waiting For The Day To Open Its Wings” (UNBOUND Content), “Art Is the Impression of an Artist” (Edgar and Lenore's Publishing House), "Swimming In the Ladle of Stars" (Kattywompus Press), and he is the winner of the inaugural Wild Earth Poetry Contest for his full length collection “Searching For What Is Not There” (Hiraeth Press).