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Martha Collins

Martha Collins is the author, most recently, of Admit One: An American Scrapbook (Pittsburgh, 2016), Day Unto Day (Milkweed, 2014), White Papers (Pitt Poetry Series, 2012), and Blue Front (Graywolf, 2006), a book-length poem based on a lynching her father witnessed when he was five years old. Collins has also published four earlier collections of poems, three books of co-translations from the Vietnamese, and two chapbooks (see Books and Poems).

Both White Papers and Blue Front won Ohioana awards. Blue Front also won an Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, and was chosen as one of "25 Books to Remember from 2006" by the New York Public Library. Collins' other awards include fellowships from the NEA, the Bunting Institute, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and the Witter Bynner Foundation, as well as three Pushcart Prizes, the Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award, a Lannan residency grant, and the Laurence Goldstein Poetry Prize.

Collins founded the Creative Writing Program at UMass-Boston, and for ten years was Pauline Delaney Professor of Creative Writing at Oberlin College. She is currently editor-at-large for FIELD magazine and one of the editors of the Oberlin College Press. In spring 2010, she served as Distinguished Visiting Writer at Cornell University.




Admit One: An American Scrapbook (Pitt, 2016)

Admit One cover

Beginning with the 1904 World’s Fair, Admit One addresses racism, eugenics, immigration and other related issues through a collage of documentary materials and lyrical explorations. more


Day Unto Day (Milkweed, 2014)

Day Unto Day cover

Six sequences, each written during a single month, focusing on time, mortality, love, war, and other news of the world.

Monday, January 11, 2016, 6:30 PM
Marran Theater, Lesley College
Cambridge, MA
Reading and discussion of poems
by Catherine Breese Davis
with Kevin Prufer and Martin Rock
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Monday, January 18, 2016, 3:00 PM
Institute of Contemporary Art
100 Northern Avenue, Boston
Reading: "Poets in Ekphrasis"
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Sunday, March 20, 2016, 3:00 PM
Old Cambridge Baptist Church
1151 Mass. Ave., Cambridge, MA
Reading, Book Launch, and Reception
for Admit One: An American Scrapbook
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Thursday, March 31, 4:30 PM
Reading with Alice Fay Di Castagnola prize winners
Friday, April 1, 10:30 PM
Translation Panel
Friday, April 1, 12:15 PM
Book Signing for Admit One: An American Scrapbook
at Pittsburgh U. booth, AWP Bookfair
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