Thank you for visiting my About Page. My full name is Christy Ann Martine Zutautas. I write under the names Christy Zutautas and Christy Ann Martine. I was born on November 8, 1972 in Toronto, Ontario. I am a mix of Lithuanian, English and Scottish. My father is Lithuanian, he and my grandparents immigrated to Canada when he was a young boy. My mother who was born in Toronto has an English and Scottish background.
I spent my early childhood living in Toronto and Wasaga Beach before moving to Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario at the age of five. When I was 14-years-old my mother and I moved to Barrie, Ontario for several months before moving to Aurora, Ontario and eventually Toronto. I have lived in Bradford, Ontario for the past 19 years.
Due to my turbulent home life and constant moves (switching high schools) I dropped out of school at age 15 and went to work full-time. I later regretted my decision and at the age of 18 decided to go back and finish high school. I earned the majority of my high school credits over two years by attending school full-time as well as taking night school and correspondence courses. I had the opportunity to work as a Daycare Assistant and Teacher's Assistant for a primary school through the co-operative education program.
After graduating I attended George Brown College for Early Childhood Education, but left at the end of my first semester after finding out I was pregnant. I had my first daughter at the age of 21. I have four children, three girls and one boy.
Inspired by Nature
As I child I loved to read and spend time in the forest. I spent hours writing short stories and plays. I wrote my first poem at the age of fifteen. My poems are inspired by nature, art, real life events and my favourite movies and songs.
Published Poetry and Creative Projects
My poetry, short stories and articles have been published in a variety of online and print publications including True Real Estate Stories, The Cynic Online Magazine, Poets' Podium, Tickled by Thunder Magazine, Wynterblue Thunder Blue Sky Region Magazine, Poet's Ink, Paw Prints in Verse and O'Words Anthology.
Over the past few years my poems have been used in several exciting projects. They have been turned into songs, used in advertisements, including a full page jewelry advertisement in C Magazine's 2015 Bridal Issue. My poems have been shared on popular websites, blogs and social media pages, including Julian Lennon's official Facebook page. Recently Supernatural TV show actor Misha Collins read one of my short poems on his social media.
I have given several hospitals and charities in the United States permission to use my poems. I am happy to help wonderful causes such as Rylee's Hope, Brittany's Blankets for Tiny Babies, Feel Better Friends, Ernie's Heart Pet Food Pantry and John Flynn Private Hospital.
I spent several years working as a freelance writer creating SEO articles and blog posts for a number of employers and clients. I also used my knowledge of SEO to create over a dozen income generating blogs. I currently work part-time as an SEO Keyword Specialist. I began selling my typed poems on Etsy in March 2014 after discovering typewriter poetry on Pinterest. I also sell my typed poems on Amazon Handmade and ChristyAnnMartine.com.
I am a survivor of childhood physical, verbal and emotional abuse as well as domestic violence. I am currently working on a book of poetry with my wonderful romantic partner John Mark Green who is also a writer and poet.
Feel free to share my poetry on your personal blog, Pinterest, Facebook or other social media accounts. As long as my name remains on the poems I've written I have no problem with my work being shared.
If you would like to contact me you can do so through my Etsy Shop, Facebook poetry page or ChristyAnnMartine.com.
Thanks again for visiting and have a terrific day!