About The Poet
Photo: On Location
John Fitzpatrick grew up roaming the woods on his maternal Schmidt grandparents’ farm outside Dansville, NY, home of Clara Barton and her first American Red Cross Chapter. Now in Rhinebeck, he talks to trees, plants, stones and listens carefully to what they say. Animal-spirits have communicated with him also as evident by these poems in Moving To Completion. His poems have garnered honors and are widely published in American Literary magazines, as in Untamed Ink, California Quarterly, Stone Voices, Chronogram, Out of Line, SLAB, City Works, and BIG MUDDY. He has a poem on a CD, Tree Magic: Nature’s Antennas, edited by Jackie Hofer, and in two books, Belief Persists, edited by Adrianna Delgado, and in Collecting Life: Poets on Objects Known and Imagined, edited by Madelyn Garner and Andrea L. Watson. He received the Hackney National Poetry Literary Award from Birmingham-Southern College and Vermont Studio Center poetry residencies. Fitzpatrick holds a BA from the University of Notre Dame, MS from Hofstra University, and Ph. D. from New York University with a dissertation that treated the poet as writer and reader of poetry, with poets Barbara Unger and Michael Burkard participating in his research. He taught English and founded and coached an award winning Speech-Debate Team at George W. Hewlett High, Long Island, for thirty years, and received the yearbook Patches dedication, the Hewlett-Woodmere School District’s Distinguished Service Award, and election to the High School Teacher Hall of Fame. From Notre Dame through its Alumni Association, he received its Excellence in Teaching Award. Fitzpatrick is also a certified Reconnective Healing Practitioner TM, a Usui Reiki Practitioner, and a Teacher of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan. Moving To Completion is John Fitzpatrick’s first book of poetry. His blog is: http://turtleami.blogspot.com. His web page is: http://turtleami.com.