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Jim LaVilla-Havelin is the author of Rites of Passage (Charon Press, 1968), What the Diamond Does Is Hold It All In (White Pine Press, 1978), Simon's Masterpiece (White Pine Press, 1983) and Counting (Pecan Grove Press, 2010). Simon's Masterpiece was read by LaVilla-Havelin at Joe Papp's The Public Theatre in New York City, performed as a reader's theatre production at SUNY Geneseo, and optioned for motion picture production. LaVilla-Havelin's poems have appeared in magazines and anthologies including: The Texas Poetry Calendar (Dos Gatos Press), Between Heaven and Texas (University of Texas Press), Is This Forever, or What? (Greenwillow Press), On Turtle's Back (White Pine Press) and in numerous literary magazines and newspapers. LaVilla-Havelin has read his poems at coffee houses, bars, galleries, bookstores, universities, schools, theaters, and parks throughout the nation for over forty-five years.

LaVilla-Havelin is an arts administrator, educator and critic. For 17 years he was the Director of the Young Artist Programs at the Southwest School of Art. He is the Coordinator of National Poetry Month events in San Antonio and the poetry editor for the San Antonio Express-News. A Texan for the last two decades, LaVilla-Havelin lives with his wife, the artist Lucia LaVilla-Havelin, in Lytle, Texas.

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