Bethesda, Maryland, Author Publishes New Book

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This eloquent collection of verse reflects the author's life journey from fear through love to faith and felicity.

A Poetic Journey

A person of many gifts and talents, Ellis Mottur's writing expresses the heart of a deeply spiritual man, and the magic of his poetry grabs the soul.

A Poetic Journey: From Fear-Through Love-to Faith and Felicity by Ellis Mottur has been released by Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc.


The Honorable Edward M. Kennedy: “Ellis Mottur’s A Poetic Journey is a marvelous tale in beautiful verse of an amazing voyage through life, from early years as a distraught and troubled youth to eventual fulfillment through faith, love, and the successful pursuit of happiness. In many ways, Mottur is also describing the American Dream, and readers will be very inspired by it.”

E. J. Dionne Jr., Syndicated Columnist, Author of Souled Out: “Walt Whitman said that ‘Seeing, hearing, feeling are miracles,’ and Ellis Mottur’s poetry reflects an extraordinary eye for the world, an exceptional ear for our American language, and a searching heart unafraid to grapple with spirituality and emotion. There is beauty here, and also grace. Mottur’s poetry, like Whitman’s, grapples not only with feelings of the moment but also with the meaning of an historical era that he brings to life in unexpected ways. May many discover the blessing that is this book.”

Rector John David van Dooren, Episcopal Church of the Atonement: “A person of many gifts and talents, Ellis Mottur’s writing expresses the heart of a deeply spiritual man, and the magic of his poetry grabs the soul.”

The Honorable Michael J. Copps: “A Poetic Journey lifted me out of my daily FCC world of bits and bytes and twittering and texting to soar awhile with a searching sojourner intent on understanding – and more importantly, appreciating – the wonders of the world we all inhabit but so seldom see. You’ll laugh and cry, think and feel, crash and soar. Then you’ll thank Ellis Mottur for an inspired journey of mind and heart.”

Dr. Nathalie F. Anderson, Award Winning Poet, Professor of English Literature, and Director of the Program in Creative Writing, Swarthmore College: “Columbus found a world, and had no chart.” Like the Renaissance explorer evoked by George Santayana in the poem that introduces this volume, Ellis Mottur finds his own way through deep waters. The poems collected here read like love notes to the world at large. “What sky is this? What stars are those?” Like Columbus, Mottur is enticed by all he encounters, whether billowing princesses, or the porpoise that leaps into the shape of the Cross, or even “swamps of stagnant black – all find their place in his rhymes: ‘Oh World! Oh Heart! Oh distant love!’”

Dr. Richard Farson, President, Western Behavioral Sciences Institute: “In beautiful and absorbing verse, Ellis Mottur offers his hand to lead us through the most intimate, troubling, and delightful experiences of his life, and we soon realize of our lives as well. I am so glad I took his hand.”

Dr. Richard C. Atkinson, President-Emeritus, University of California: “In beautiful lyric verse, Mottur’s journey through life is characterized by an ever evolving optimism exemplified in his poem Our America. His many career contributions to advancing the science and technology policies of this nation are now superbly complemented by his inspirational insights.”

Dr. William R. Ferris, Eminent Professor, University of North Carolina, and former Chairman, National Endowment for the Humanities: “A thoughtful, sensitive work of poetry. Ellis Mottur writes movingly about childhood, love, faith, and the passing of life in verses that touch the heart.”

A Poetic Journey: From Fear - Through Love - to Faith and Felicity is a 72-page paperback at the retail price of $11.00. The ISBN is 978-1-4349-0566-6. It was published by Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. For more information, or to request a review copy please visit our virtual pressroom at or our online bookstore at


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