Biography of Justin Reamer
Justin Patrick Reamer was born to Patrick Thomas and Marjorie Sue Weber Reamer in Holland, Michigan, on 2 October 1993, as the second of four children. His siblings, Elyse, Sean, and Stefanie, were all born after or before him. His family had been middle-class- his mother being a chemical engineer and his father being a business manager- so his childhood had been pretty stable and relatively happy at the time. The family lived three miles away from Lake Michigan, so Reamer fell in love with the waterfront and Nature itself, much like the Romantics, such as William Wordsworth and Lord Byron were. John Keats was never a foreigner to his heart, so he always took hold of him, even at this age. Lake Michigan would inspire his creativity and artistry, which would largely influence his writing. It was part of the reason he loved Nature so much today. But things weren't always easy for him.
On 9 March 1994, at two months of age, Reamer was attending his cousin Lisa's birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese's in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He had been riding the carousel for some time, enjoying it like a little kid usually would, but his parents weren't watching him the entire time. Not holding on, Reamer let go of the carousel and fell on his head, breaking open his skull and spattering blood and grey matter all over the place. He went to the emergency room to receive neurosurgery, and he managed to survive. The doctors had placed a metal plate in his head as a substitute for the broken bone fragments that had once been his skull and had stitched him up quite tightly, but he was lucky to live. However, the injury would affect him for the rest of his life.
The repercussions of the injury were damaging. He had damaged his frontal lobe, his cerebellum, and his cerebral cortex, so the results of development set him behind by several years. He couldn't walk until the age of two, and he couldn't talk until he was about three. He also was diagnosed with several mental handicaps- Asperger's Syndrome (which is now known as mild autism) , Tourette's Syndrome, and Attention Deficit Disorder- which labelled him for the rest of his life. By the time he started school, he received persecution from his teachers and his peers, making him susceptible to abuse and cruelty. The poor boy felt insecure, diffident, and hopeless, but he still tried to find outlets. But that wasn't the only thing that made life bad.
His father, Patrick Reamer, had become abusive and cruel throughout his entire life. The man had beaten him, mocked him, insulted him, demeaned him, humiliated him, maimed him, molested him, and even sodomised him, making the poor boy even more diffident and insecure. Reamer remembered going home to see his parents argue, his father yelling, screaming, and swearing. He broke plates and glasses, threw them at his children and his wife, beat his children and his wife for no reason, and even maimed the boy's mother. Reamer's father created tension in the relationship with his son, and Reamer still has difficulty with him to this day.
On 30 March 2002, Reamer's became exasperated so much with his family. He gave a final speech of how much he despised everyone and then absconded. He never set another foot in the Reamer household again. Reamer, as an eight-year-old boy didn't know what to think, but it was one of the factors that had led to Major Depressive Disorder in his life. His depression led him to write very sad stories and poetry. But, life didn't end there for him.
Reamer began writing in pre-school, when he realised he could make words out of letters. He wrote silly sentences, which eventually became paragraphs of a sort, and eventually turned into stories. They were an outlet for him to deal with the harsh reality he lived. In kindergarten, at his elementary school, there was a publishing centre that published work he wrote, and his first book he had written as a child, 'The Littlest Lighthouse, ' was a small book he had written about his own life. It wasn't much; it was a picture book that a six-year-old had written, but he still continued to write from there.
As a child, he had been obsessed with the Super Mario Brothers, so he had been interested in them. But he didn't get into writing until he noticed that his friend, Erin Beachum from elementary school, had published a book in the publishing centre before him in first grade. So, he became inspired, and he started writing again and again. The Super Mario Brothers became his topic, so he wrote silly stories about Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, and the other characters. Some of the stories published were 'Super Mario Kingdoms, ' 'The Mario and Luigi Adventures, ' 'Yoshi and the Plant, ' and much more. He continued to write silly stories, and his writing improved over time. It wasn't until he was in high school, however, that he began to write his own stories with his own characters. That's where reading pitched in.
Reading, for Reamer, had been very difficult. He had a disability, so he couldn't really comprehend the words in front of him. He would read the words and would understand what they meant, but he couldn't understand the deep structure of a sentence. Thus, it caused him discouragement, self-consciousness, resentment, and self-loathing. It would be embarrassing for him to read in class because he had an easier time understanding pictures than reading; plus, he couldn't quite answer what the teacher asked him. But, in fourth grade, his best friend, Peter Triezenberg, shoved a book in his face and told him to read it, and Reamer did. He read it thoroughly. That's when he became infatuated with literature. He read the Harry Potter series, the Inheritance Cycle, and the Lord of the Rings. In high school, he was introduced to Stephen King, the man who inspired him to write his own stories, and he eventually fell in love with the classics, as well, with authors such as Charles Dickens, William Shakespeare, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Victor Hugo, Jane Austen, Alexandre Dumas, and the great Leo Tolstoy. He even fell in love with contemporary writers, such as John Irving, James Michener, John Grisham, Joyce Carol Oates, Barbara Kingsolver, Norman Mailer, Anton Myrer, William Safire, Herman Wouk, and much more. Reamer still, to this day, admires Stephen King and hopes to meet him one day, but he isn't sure if he ever will. But that is okay with him. He continues to write his own stories, nonetheless.
In high school, Reamer discovered poetry via friends. He was introduced to the works of Robert Frost, Robert Lowell, Li-Young Lee, Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes, Philip Larkin, Anna Akhmatova, William Shakespeare, Sir Philip Sidney, Edmund Spenser, Geoffrey Chaucer, John Keats, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Edgar Allan Poe, Dylan Thomas, Maya Angelou, Sarah Kay, John Donne, and many others. He eventually began to write many poems, especially love poems such as 'The Maiden, ' which he wrote for one of his friends. Sadly, that person wasn't his friend and wished him dead, but he still continued to write, which he continues to write poetry to this day.
On 4 February 2010, Reamer's life went upside down when his depression finally hit its lowest point. He tried to take his own life after coming back from a dance, but something stopped him. A celestial being- Matthias, his guardian angel- appeared behind him and told him not to kill himself. He told him he had a lot to live for and that God still loved him. So, Reamer dropped the knife and didn't go through with it. He was amazed at what he saw, and it has touched his life to this day. He is still grateful for what God has done for him all the way through. And life continued from there.
Life may have been a rocky road for Reamer, but he still continued onward, growing in his faith and in his creativity. He graduated from high school on 3 June 2012, and he moved on to Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he studied an English major and a writing minor. He became more indulged in literature, reading new poets such as Aphra Behn, John Donne, John Dryden, John Milton, Jonathan Swift, Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, William Cullen Bryant, Samuel Johnson, Alexander Pope, and so much more. He became more familiar with Herman Melville, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and so much more, and they all influenced his writing. He was happier than he ever was before. Reamer continued to write poetry and even started working on his first novel. He was happier than he ever was before.
He eventually graduated cum laude from Aquinas College on June 2016 and enrolled in graduate school at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he will earn a Ph.D. in English Language and Literature and eventually become a college professor. He hopes to teach academia while being a famous author and poet on the side, but he still writes nonetheless. Reamer's life was rough, but he still trudged on through it, and now, he is a Ph.D. candidate, and he hopes to do well in life. To this day, he will always remember the people who helped him most, and his family will always be dear to his heart. And he can't thank them more. To this day, he is still a writer at heart and will never change.
Justin Reamer's Works:
Nowhere Man, Dimensions of Reality, Verses from the Heart, Life Unscripted, Phases of Life, Destruction's Disillusionment, and Queen of Poetry
Oh, you scoundrel,
Which I deal with every day,
How I hate you so,
When you must govern my life,
As if I have no control over you.
You fiend, which feasts on my pain,
How I hate you when you come at my direst hour,
Flourishing from my torment,
And thriving off my desperation.