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Martin Avery (1955 -) B.A., B.Ed., M.F.A. in Writing, A.Q. Drama, OTC, Hons. Spec. English, OTC, ATC, BCTC, Zen teacher and Reikimaster, was born in Bracebridge, Muskoka, Ontario, Canada, grew up in Gravenhurst, Ontario, Canada, also known as Norman Bethune's hometown, but went to high school in Bracebridge. He studied with W.O. Mitchell, Clark Blaise, Eli Mandel, Dave Godfrey, W.D. Valgardson, and others at the University of Victoria, York University, the Banff Centre School of Fine Arts, New College Writers Workshop, Vermont College of Norwhich University, Queen's University in England, UT/OISE in Stratford. For 25 years he taught Writers Craft in high schools around Ontario, for two years in Alberta, and now in China. He had 5 books published by Oberon Press by age 30 and his first 2 books, Cottage Gothic and Northern Comfort, were nominated for the Leacock Award for Humour. He was a founder of A Novel Marathon, in Owen Sound, the Muskoka Novel Marathon, at the Huntsville Festival of the Arts, and The Great Canadian Winter Novel Marathon, while Writer in Residence at the Pickering Public Library, and the Toronto Novel Marathon. He completed a 100 book sequence called The Human Comedy and is now working on a 100 book sequence called The Great Wall Of China Books Series. One of his goals is to write 250 books and crack the top 20 list of most prolific authors.