Community Health & Wellness Center of Torrington’s Patti Martin Publishes First Full-Length Poetry Book

Community Health & Wellness Center of Torrington’s Patti Martin Publishes First Full-Length Poetry Book



TORRINGTON, CT —A resident of Torrington, Conn., and author of six nonfiction books, Patricia Mason-Martin has had her first full-length poetry book published. The 105-page collection, titled In Venice I Could Sing, contains 46 original poems and is published by Local Gems Press. The small publisher, based on Long Island, N.Y., has published poets from more than 10 countries and 30 different states.

“I have been writing poetry for as long as I can remember and am grateful to my creative writing teachers and workshop leaders for their encouragement and support,” says Mason-Martin.  “I am also appreciative of Local Gems Press for publishing my collection and allowing me to share my personal work with a broader audience.”

A graduate of Darien High School, Mason-Martin relocated to Woodstock, N.Y., before her move to Torrington, Conn.  An author, poet/performer and freelance copywriter, she was also the creator and host of SpeakEasy, a monthly poetry/spoken word series that took place on the first Sunday of every month at the Noelke Gallery in downtown Torrington until the COVID pandemic. Mason-Martin also serves as a marketing communications specialist at Community Health & Wellness Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) with locations in Torrington, Winsted, and soon Canaan, Conn.  CHWC is a member of the Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce.

Previously, her poetry has been published in several anthologies and magazines, including Poets to Come, an anthology celebrating Walt Whitman’s 200th birthday; Fired Up!  Creative Expression for Challenging Times; Trees in a Garden of Ashes:  Poetry of Resilience; A Pathway to Dreams; Goddess:  Raising consciousness Through Spoken Word; WaterWrites:  A Hudson River Anthology; Unlocking the Word:  An Anthology of Found Poetry; Art Times Journal; Chatham Magazine; and E.P.I.C. Magazine.

In Venice I Could Sing is available at select independent book stores and on Amazon:

In addition, the poetry book is also available on the website of local author Jack Sheedy at

For more information on Patricia Mason-Martin, visit

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