Willy Thorn

Biography

Willy Thorn is an artist, journalist, copywriter & author.

He was born in Milwaukee, raised in Rome & lives in Bangkok. He is the author of more than 2o books & full-length plays.

He has worked as a McCann copywriter, Capitol Hill reporter, columnist & beat writer, wire editor, arts critic, public relations specialist, art therapist, morning radio host, play-by-play sports announcer & rap promoter.

He has written more than 4oo articles, columns, essays, features, reviews, advertisements, shorts & scripts - which have appeared on-stage, on billboards, on television, over the radio airwaves, in academic journals, at conferences, & in dozens of magazines, print publications & websites.

He has lived & worked in Baltimore & the District, Chicago & the Twin Cities, Denver & Phoenix, St. Francis (SoDak); the whole Bay Area - from San Francisco thru Oakland, down to Santa Clara & back - in Dehli, India & Sydney, Australia & more.

He has won awards for theatre writing, sports reporting, political columns, magazine features, religious publications & photography.

He proudly notes a Master’s Degree from Marquette University & books in both Washington's Library of Congress & the Vatican Archives in Rome.

Books

Brilliant as the Sun
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 51,220. Language: English. Published: July 16, 2020. Categories: Plays » Asian / Japanese, Nonfiction » History » War
For 5o years, Burma was lost to the world. Following the assassination of the great patriot Aung San, she disappeared behind a bamboo curtain of isolation & oppression; crumbling & deteriorating to arguably the world’s least developed nation. Central to the destruction was General Ne Win - a violent, brutal despot who tumbled from brilliance to darkness; poisoned by power, black magic & madness.
The Queen of Cambodia
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 13,480. Language: English. Published: July 8, 2020. Categories: Plays » Asian / Japanese, Plays » European / French
A story of power & royalty, romance & tragedy from the ancient kingdom of Lan Xang. A relocated Cambodian princess struggles to make a life & find happiness far from the cosmopolitan metropolis of her youth. Blessed with clemency, she redefines the capital city of Luang Prabang & finds her place atop the world - only to get spun by love into an even larger place, further from home.
Buddhism 1o2
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 6,620. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2020. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Buddhism, Poetry » Asian poetry » Japanese
A simple & clear collection of reflections on basic Buddhist philosophy. Major principles covered include: three ignoble truths; the roots of suffering; the power of detachment; developing awareness & the peace & freedom that follow. The book is divided into five sections with 3o concise pieces — all written simply & clearly, in a way that is thoughtful & explanatory & heavy on analogy & rhyme.
Buddhism 1o1
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 10,290. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2020. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Buddhism, Poetry » American poetry » General
A simple & clear collection of reflections on basic Buddhist philosophy. Major principles include: the nature of the mind, the thoughts it produces, the importance of breath, methods for controlling & strengthening your mind, how to rest your mind to restore it, how to develop focus & use it to produce amnaj mental authority & more. Nine sections with 4o concise pieces.
Yangon
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 13,190. Language: English. Published: April 8, 2020. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Architecture, Nonfiction » Travel » By region
Yangon is one of the world’s oldest Buddhist capitals; home to temples built during the Buddha’s lifetime. From ancient relics & incredible larger-than-life statues, to tons of marble & acres of gold shimmering in the tropical sun – Yangon’s temples are striking, diverse & awe inspiring. This guide will take you through the history, in all the core locations. [Incl. photos.]
His Name Was Washington. His Name Was Lee.
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 14,690. Language: English. Published: December 11, 2019. Categories: Plays » American / African American, Nonfiction » Biography » Military biography
This is the story of Raymond Lee Washington - founder of the Crips street gang - told thru events which took place in Los Angeles in the late 1960s & early 197os. Feat. J. Edgar Hoover, Bunchy Carter, Huey Newton, Ron Karenga, John Huggins Jr., Elaine Brown, Geronimo Pratt, Michael ‘Shaft’ Conception, Jimel ‘Godfather’ Barnes, Mac Thomas, Tookie Williams, Greg ‘Batman’ Davis & more.
Pearls of the Orient 2
Price: $11.99 USD. Words: 58,050. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2019. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Asian, Poetry » Asian poetry
77 pieces, 2oo+ photos & 7oo p. of myth & legend, history, photo essays, poems & humor…Bali’s Basakih Dragon; Bagan’s secrets; Hanoi’s Old Quarter; the Strings of Yangon; Khmer stone carvings; Shanghai’s skyline; the Voluptuous Burmese Alphabet; sumo & cockfighting; LPB alms; KL’s ambition; HK Filipinas; the Great Wall, by dynasty; Tiger Balm; the princess turned goddess, Guan Yin…& more
Ayutthaya Off the Island
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 20,390. Language: English. Published: June 4, 2019. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » By region, Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Architecture
A guide to 27 temples, 4 foreign villages & 1 famous chedi stupa located ‘Off the Island’ of Ayutthaya; on the East & South banks. A range of temples are covered; from ‘new’ temples renovated in the 19oos, to historic ruins & sites - some 1,5oo years old. The guide follows 2 itineraries – East & South - with maps for all 32 locations.
King Narai's Falcon
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 33,810. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2019. Categories: Plays » Asian / Japanese, Plays » Ancient & Classical
A play in four acts; set in the ancient royal capital of the Kingdom of Siam. The play follows the rise of King Narai as he seeks to expand the kingdom’s reach as a global power. His Ayutthaya was the world’s largest city & the east's premier crossroads & the king employed hundreds of foreigners in his court - including one particular Greek, with a very different vision for Ayutthaya.
The Temples of Kuala Lumpur
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 11,480. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2019. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Architecture, Nonfiction » Travel » By region
A guide to the temples of central Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Includes six different maps with walking itineraries. Covers 24 Muslim, Confucian, Taoist, Buddhist, Hindu, Sikh & Christian temples located in & around the Brickfields & Chinatown neighborhoods downtown. Also includes: history, background & fast facts, for each.
A Temple Map for the Island of Ayutthaya
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 22,660. Language: English. Published: December 9, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Travel - Reference, Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Architecture
An historic guide to all 22 major temples on the Island of Ayutthaya ... incl. 2 maps, for the inner & outer regions … feat. the glorious splendor of Wat Sri Sanphet; the famous Buddha in a tree at Wat Mahathat; the 5oo-year old bronze Phra Mongkoln; the pale sandstone Sleeping Buddha at Wat Lokaya ... & more: dozens of kings, tales of palace intrigue & treasure-laden crypts + photos & postcards
Amazing Thailand
Price: $11.99 USD. Words: 49,490. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Specialties & interests
Collected wonders from the world’s most Amazing place. Barefoot monks’ dawn alms rounds. The art of (bad) Thai massage. Making & eating saum tum. The greatest weekend market there is. Drinking rice whiskey & talking Isan. Thai women vs. Thai rainstorms. What goes on in Thai Men’s Rooms. Tropical paradise island gems. H.M. King Rama IX. Plus one legendary love story. And of course, the 711.
A Bangkok Temple Map - For Silom & The Wrong Side Of The Tracks
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 13,870. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » By region, Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Architecture
A walking guide for Bangkok's Silom neighborhood. It includes 3 maps & itineraries for 17 temples ... feat. the majestic city-center Wat Hua Lomphong, the whimsical ‘Boat Temple’ at Wat Yannawa & the hidden royal splendor of Wat Borom - all tucked deep on the Wrong Side of the Tracks. Also: temple background, architectural guides, hundreds of photos & free postcards.
Pearls of the Orient
Price: $11.99 USD. Words: 42,910. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Travel - Reference, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
From the crossroads of Kuala Lumpur … barefoot thru the temples of Bagan … to motorcycle traffic in Vietnam … Agra’s monkeys … the miracles of Khmer math… an ode to the Bahn Mi … the incomparable neighborhood of Pahar Ganj … Shanghai neon & CNY fireworks … India’s Taj Mahal & China’s Great Wall … the very first Buddha relics, in the world’s greatest temple ... & other Pearls of the Orient
A Bangkok Temple Map - for Chinatown
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 15,060. Language: English. Published: April 23, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Travel - Reference, Nonfiction » History » Asian
A walking guide for Bangkok’s Chinatown; covering 22 temples ... feat. the largest solid gold Buddha statue in the world, at Wat Traimit; the legendary ‘Dragon Lotus Temple’ Wat Mangkon Kamalawat; the crocodiles of Wat Chakrawat; the gruesome royal execution chamber at Wat Pathum Kongkha & more … Also: architectural guides, hundreds of photos & free postcards, too. GOLD guaranteed.
A Bangkok Temple Map - for Khaosan Road & Dusit
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 15,850. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » By region, Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Art history
Walking guides for BKK's notorious Khaosan Rd. & regal imperial Dusit district ... Incl. 3 itineraries with maps, covering 16 temples ... feat. the glorious marble splendor of Wat Benjamabophit, BKK's Tallest Standing Buddha & Thailand's most expensive amulets ... Also: background for each temple, architectural guides, regional history, hundreds of photos, free postcards & gold.
A Bangkok Temple Map - For Thonburi
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 16,310. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » By region, Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Photography - Photo books
Walking guides for BKK's Thonburi district - Thailand's original regional national capital ... Incl. 3 itineraries with maps, covering 18 temples ... feat. Wat Arun, the striking temple of the Dawn & Wat Rakhang, the great Temple of the Bells ... Also: background for each temple, a King Taksin bio, architectural guides, regional history, hundreds of photos, & free postcards too. GOLD guaranteed.
A Bangkok Temple Map - for Koh Ratan Kosin
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 16,500. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » By region, Nonfiction » History » Asian
A walking guide to the spiritual heart of Thailand, Koh Ratan Kosin - 'the Island of the Kings' ... incl. 3 maps & itineraries covering all 15 temples on the island ... incl. the world famous Wat Phra Kaew & the great reclining Buddha at Wat Pho ... also incl.: a regional history, background for each temple, Dynasty king biographies, hundreds of photos & free postcards, too. GOLD guaranteed.
An American History of Time
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 26,160. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2016. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » General, Nonfiction » History » American
A Mosaic of Poetry Fragments ... over 12o poem shards & shattered pieces, from 42 of America's greatest writers, comprising a Portrait of Time from the American Vantage ... each piece is by a Pulitzer Prize winner for Poetry; incl. Carl Sandburg, Robert Frost & W.H. Auden, Robert Penn Warren & Wm. Carlos Williams, Slyvia Plath, Mary Oliver & dozens more. Incl. bios for each.
A Century of Pulitzer Poetry - Out of Context 4
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 17,560. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2016. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » General, Nonfiction » History » American
An 'inverse anthology' of great writers' oddest poetry ... select works from 1oo years of Pulitzer Prize-winning poets ... taken out of context & 'repackaged' in laughable & head-scratching, light-hearted & hilarious ways ... includes a bio of every cited poet, for added nutritional value.
A Century of Pulitzer Poetry - Out of Context 3
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 20,320. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2016. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » General, Nonfiction » History » American
An 'inverse anthology' of great writers' oddest poetry ... select works from 1oo years of Pulitzer Prize-winning poets ... taken out of context & 'repackaged' in laughable & head-scratching, light-hearted & hilarious ways ... includes a bio of every cited poet, for added nutritional value.
A Century of Pulitzer Poetry - Out Of Context Two
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 19,410. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2016. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » General, Nonfiction » History » American
An 'inverse anthology' of great writers' oddest poetry ... select works from 1oo years of Pulitzer Prize-winning poets ... taken out of context & 'repackaged' in laughable & head-scratching, light-hearted & hilarious ways ... includes a bio of every cited poet, for added nutritional value.
A Century of Pulitzer Poetry - Out of Context
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 18,470. Language: English. Published: July 12, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » History » American, Poetry » American poetry » General
An inverse anthology of great writers' oddest poetry ... selected works from 1oo years of Pulitzer Prize-winning poets ... taken out of context & repackaged in laughable & head-scratching, light-hearted & hilarious ways ... includes a bio of every cited poet, for added nutritional value.
Brother Booker Ashe - It's Amazing What The Lord Can Do
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 48,830. Language: English. Published: March 13, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » People of color, Nonfiction » History » American
A biography of America's premier Black monk, aka Milwaukee's Ghetto Friar Tuck. Brother Booker Ashe was many things to many people. A famous clergyman, a civil rights leader, an inner city icon, a national black celebrity, a civic cornerstone, a chef, a theatrical buff, and a brother to all. Talented, charismatic, dynamic & multifaceted - everyone who met the man has a different story to tell.
This Is America – 5o Pieces
Price: $11.99 USD. Words: 49,920. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » By region, Poetry » American poetry » General
5o pieces, including: KC ribs & Bmore crabs … DC July 4th fireworks … NM mesas & AZ desert mtns ... the green thread that runs thru all southern life … the world's largest zoo ... Oklahoma sooners & boomers … the worst traffic … Minnehaha’s ballad … Ft. Benning & President’s Day ... the Perseid meteor shower … Chicago’s mystical weapon … Autumn colors, Thanksgiving feasts, Santa & more.

Willy Thorn's tag cloud

american history    american poetry    american poetry anthology    angkor wat    anthology    architectural history    architecture    art history    aung san    aung san sukyi    ayutthaya    bagan    bali    bangkok    bangkok guide    bangkok map    bangkok maps    bangkok temples    bangkok walking tour    biography and life    black history    black panthers    bloods    botataung    buddhas    buddhism    buddhist    buddhist temples    burma    catholic biography    catholic history    china    chinatown    christian    collection    colonialism    crips    dictators    drama    dusit    francis xavier    gangs    general humor    great wall    guan yin    hindu    history    humor    independence    india    indochina    islam    khao san road    khaosan road    khmer    king louis xiv    kings    kuala lumpur    lan xang    laos    lopburi    los angeles    los angeles gangs    luang prabang    malaysia    map    maps    massage    meditation    milwaukee history    monks    muay thai    myanmar    narai    narrative nonfiction    ne win    paris    petronas    photography    poetry    poetry about america    poetry anthology    poetry humor    pulitzer poetry    pulitzer prize winner    pulitzer prize winners    pulitzer prize winning author    pulitzer prizes    raymond lee washington    shanghai    shwe dagon    shwedagon    siam    silom    sports    sule    taj mahal    taksin    temples    temples hiding treasure    thai food    thailand    thailand temples    the buddha    thonburi    tiger balm    tookie williams    tour    travel    travel guide    treasure map    vietnam    walking guide    walking guides    walking map    walking tour    wat arun    wat hua lomphong    whiskey    willpower institute    world war 2    yai chai    yangon