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==Biography==
==Biography==
==Early Life and Education==
==Early Life and Education==
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Wright was born and raised in Mattoon, Illinois. He dropped out of school and left home at sixteen and at age seventeen enlisted in the Navy.
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Wright was born and raised in Mattoon, an agricultural community, in South Central Illinois. At an early age he was encouraged to explore art. Wright credits his first grade teacher, Edna Windau, for instilling an interest in photography.  
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Wright currently lives in a small trailer somewhere in the mountains of Southern California.  
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As an adolescent, Wright was bored with school. If his teachers couldn’t find him in class they checked the library. Wright said he learned more there, surrounded by books, than he did in class. The writing began at a young age. At age 10, Wright and two boys, who were brothers, invented a baseball game and he wrote the sports page for the imaginary game. He also developed the habit of writing vignettes about things that happened during the day from a satiracle point of view. Wright dropped out of school and left home at sixteen and at age seventeen enlisted in the Navy.
==Military Service==
==Military Service==
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Wright enlisted in the Navy at age seventeen, serving with the Naval Amphibious Forces for four years. He is a veteran of the Quemoy-Matsu Crisis and the Vietnam War.
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In 1958, Wright enlisted for a four-year sting in the Navy. He served with the Naval Amphibious Forces and is a veteran of the Quemoy-Matsu Crisis and the Vietnam War.
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''“That was a learning process filled with humorous incidents,” he said. “When we went overseas we wrote a cruise book with a lot of satire in it. A group of us worked on it.”''
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When he was not overseas Wright was stationed at The Coronado Naval Amphibious Base. The "beats" did not turn away or put down service members as the "hippies" would later do. At the time, Wright said his art was very bland in that he hadn't found the right muse yet. He soon discovered and was inspired by musicians and poets such as Dylan, Ken Nordine and Gil Scott-Heron (both with and without The Last Poets) and others. ''"I was hearing the cadence of the street and that led to my interest in poetry though I continued to write mostly prose I was writing more and more poetry and would publish poetry before anything else of mine was published."''
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==Personal Life and Employment==
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In the late 60s, Wright went to work for a chain of record store/head shops called the Wherehouse which would inspire his first novel.
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Wright currently lives in a small trailer somewhere in the mountains of Southern California. He is the father of two children and a proud grandfather.
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In 1984 I went to work for the Postal Service.
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Wright currently lives in a small trailer somewhere in the mountains of Southern California.
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Wright said he has refused to vote since 1964 because he won’t support a two-party system that is antiquated. “I won’t vote for the lesser of two evils. I also think our foreign policy is deplorable. We try to Americanize them. We can’t do this. We are too aggressive. And I deplore the plight of the American Indian and why a nation as rich as we are has ghettos.”
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When my marriage ended it was in the 1960s and it was the summer of love. When I left I isolated myself. I was confused and felt guilty. And I didn’t want advice from Mom and Dad. It seemed I was always an observer and not a participant. I somehow was always on the sidelines.
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    “But I have two kids, a son in Texas and a daughter, Lisa Shirley, in Mattoon, and two grandkids, Jessica, 6 1/2, and Lauren, 3 1/2.
==Artwork==
==Artwork==
His paintings are colorful and whimsical, exploring issues of the human heart and culture. Of his artwork, Wright claims, "I am more primitive than the primitives."
His paintings are colorful and whimsical, exploring issues of the human heart and culture. Of his artwork, Wright claims, "I am more primitive than the primitives."
==Literary Career==
==Literary Career==
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===The Whorehouse===
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Wright’s first book, The Whorehouse, was published in 1978. It was about a chain of record stores and in 1980 the book was translated into German.
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I should begin by saying I went to work for a chain of record store/head shops in the late 60’s. The name of the chain was The Wherehouse. I had been writing mostly poetry and painting for several years but soon began writing humorous stories about the company to relieve my stress. A girl (Tish Perry) I hired to work in a store I was opening and I fell in love and she started reading my stories. One night she said I had a novel on my hands so I began writing The Whorehouse or what I call the longest letter of resignation in history.
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Carl Weissner who was Bukowski’s German translator and European agent. Martin, by the way, did not endorse the book having not read it even though I had sent him a copy. Carl loved the book and compared me to HST. A compliment if there ever was one. He managed to sell it to one of Bukowski’s German publishers and got me five times more advance money than German publishers usually gave foreign writers, even the established ones.
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===Music Sluts===
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He also wrote a sequal to The Whorehouse called Music Sluts.
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    Wright said Music Sluts is about the hippie generation and discovery, about strays coming in to the city, rock ‘n’ roll music and blues, classics and folk music. “There was a certain snobbishness in the record stores. You couldn’t sell Guy Lombardo or Perry Como.” he said. “Disco sold.”
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===Flight to Freedom===
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His third book, Flight to Freedom, started out to be a love story but ended up as a story about Vietnam.
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===Influences===
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Patchen
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Wright, who has had two books published is currently illustrating a children’s book, Because It’s Good to Keep Things Straight, written by Kenneth Patchen. The book is intended for children, age 5 to 7 and the illustrations include a two-headed horse. “I won’t make a lot of money at this. It is a love project as a tribute to the man who wrote it.
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Sometime in the early 60's I began combining poetry with art. "Psychedelic" art (mostly in the way of posters and handbills) caught my eye and a friend (after seeing what I was doing) turned me onto Kenneth Patchen. It was encouraging to find someone else was doing something similar to my attempts but doing it a helluva lot better than me; I eventually began corresponding with the Patchens and this would lead to a lifetime friendship with Miriam after Kenneth passed away not long after we were corresponding. That became all the encouragement I needed to continue and avidly seek out and study other painters.
==Bibliography==
==Bibliography==
* ''The Whorehouse''
* ''The Whorehouse''

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