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 have two older brothers, David who is five years older and Allan who is 10 years older.
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 20 years.
My mother has never been genuinely interested in or supportive of my writing. My father took little interest in my life until I was in my forties and he was battling cancer. He told me that he was proud of my poetry before his death in 2016, which meant a great deal to me. My four children and partner, poet John Mark Green are very supportive of my writing.
I have been dealing with general and social anxiety for as long as I can remember. I have anxiety and panic attacks as well as continual nightmares. I have personally chosen to take the holistic approach but am not opposed to the use of prescription medication for those who need it.
My anxiety has improved a great deal since I've ended contact with the abusive people in my life. I have learned that it is never worth it to keep anyone in my life who does not love and support me and treat me with dignity and respect.
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. I took a correspondence college-level creative writing course in 2012 that helped me to improve my writing skills.
What Inspires Me to Write
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 many things including nature, art, real-life events, movies, and songs.
The writers who inspire me the most are Lucy Maud Montgomery, Robert Frost, Leonard Cohen, Billy Collins and Christopher Poindexter.
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 was working part-time as an SEO Keyword Specialist when I discovered typewriter poetry on Pinterest. I began selling my poetry on Etsy in March 2014.
I am currently making a living selling my poetry on Etsy, Amazon Handmade, and ChristyAnnMartine.com.
I am a survivor of childhood physical, verbal and emotional abuse as well as many years of domestic abuse, which was very similar to the way I was treated as a child. It has taken me a long time to realize my self-worth and create a new healthy life for myself.
Before You Send Me a Message
Lately, I have been receiving messages from students who want more details about my life and specific poems. Although I appreciate your interest very much I am unable to provide any more information at this time. I am a private person and feel that I have shared enough details about my life on this page.
You have permission to use my poetry in your school poetry projects and artwork. As long as my name is kept with my poetry I don't mind at all. Thank you for choosing me for your project.
You have permission to use my poems in your lesson plans. You can use them in any way you like in a school setting.
You have permission to use my poems in your artwork as long as my name is kept with the poems and the work you create is not being sold.
I would love to see your creative work so please you the hashtag #christyannmartine on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook so I can find your work online.
If you are making a video for YouTube you have my permission to use my poetry in your videos as long as my name is mentioned in the video. Feel free to post poetry readings of my poems. I've seen such lovely videos posted online and appreciate your creative efforts.
Song Writers and Musicians
I am no longer granting anyone permission to use my poetry as song lyrics or to create lyrics using pieces of my writing. If you would like to use my poem as part of a small non-profit creative project you can do so as long as my name is included with the poems.
Feel free to share my poetry on your personal or professional blog, Pinterest, Facebook or other social media accounts as long as my name remains with the poem I've written. I appreciate you sharing!
Selling My Work
I do not allow anyone to sell my poetry in any form without my permission and a legal contract. I am currently not allowing anyone but one jewelry maker to sell any of my work. The authors that have included my poetry in their novels have received permission from me to do so. Using my poems in the work you are selling is copyright infringement. My poems and quotes are protected under Canadian copyright law.
I hope I've covered everything. Thank you so much for taking an interest in me and my poetry, I really appreciate it!
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