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Martha Collins

Martha Collins is the author, most recently, of Night Unto Night (Milkweed, 2018), 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.


NEW March 6!

Night Unto Night: Poems (Milkweed)

Night Unto Night Cover

Six sequences, each written during a single month, focusing on time, mortality, love, war, and other news. A continuation of Day Unto Day. (2014)



Into English: Poems, Translations, Commentaries co-edited with Kevin Prufer. (Graywolf)

Into English Cover

25 poems chosen by 25 contributors, each with three translations and commentary. more



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.



Wednesday, February 27, 7:00 PM
Suffolk University Poetry Room
Mildred Sawyer Library
73 Tremont Street, Boston
Reading with Crystal Williams
March 27-30, 2019
AWP Conference
Portland, Oregon
March 28, 10:30 AM: Poets Claim American History
March 30, 1:30 PM: Fifty Years of FIELD
Saturday, April 13, 7:30 PM
Poetry Reading
Mac's Backs-Books on Coventry
1820 Coventry Rd.
Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44118

For more events, go to EVENTS page


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