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Joseph Mayo Wristen Biography
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Joseph was born in Toppenish Washington and has lived in the Northwest off and on for most of his life. At the age of seventeen, Joseph had hitched hiked throughout the NW and California, and until the age of twenty six he spent most of his time traveling Europe and North America.

During this period of his life he worked many odd jobs, where he meet many interesting people. Joseph attended classes at a variety of schools; Fairhaven in Bellingham WA., Madison Film School in WI., Evergreen College in Olympia WA. and others.

His first full time job was selling encyclopedias and children's books. Since then he has worked for a number of companies in the solar energy industry, recreation properties sales, the telecommunications industry, the security software industry,and as a Real-Estate Agent.

Until just a few years ago no one other than his closest friends and family had seen his work. At his youngest daughter's request he decided to publish three books; one for each of his children. Just A Dancing Bear Looking For A Star, Dead Dreams, and The Code.

Joseph has just completed Painting with Words, his fourth book of free verse, which features his work The Wall.

Joseph presently lives in Southern California with his wife, Michele, and their six children.
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