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Hi. I'm Barry Wittenstein. When I substitute teach in elementary schools in New York City, I let the kids call me Barry, Mr. Barry, Mr. Berry, Mr. B, Mr. W., or even Mr. Wittenstein, if they can pronounce it!

I live in Manhattan with my wife and son....and two big rescued dogs. I'm originally from Long Island. I then went to college at Harper College in Binghamton, NY, and transferred to San Francisco State University in California, where I earned my B.A. in English.  

I have had many jobs in my life. I've been a bartender, a taxi driver, a songwriter, various office jobs at CBS News and CBS Records, a web editor and freelance writer for Major League Baseball, an assistant to a photojournalist, and probably a few more I've forgotten.

But always, I have been writing writing writing, and taking classes in writing writing writing. Many of them online. Like memoir, poetry writing, creative nonfiction, greeting card, screenwriting, novel writing and picture book writing.

"Waiting for Pumpsie" is the first of many books I hope to write. Already signed and in production is a picture book about the inventor of the Band-Aid (which comes out in 2018), and a third picture book about Martin Luther King, Jr. (schedule for January 2019). 

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