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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.

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Admit One: An American Scrapbook (Pitt, 2016)

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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)

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

Thursday, March 2, 2017, 7:00 PM
Collected Poets Series
Mocha Maya's
47 Bridge Street
Shelburne Falls, MA
with Lee Sharkey
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Friday, March 3, 7:30 PM
First Parish Church Arlington
630 Mass Ave, Arlington
"Poetry as Activism":
Reading from new and recent books
Dessert potluck at 7:00
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Wednesday, March 7, 2017, 7:00 PM
Wells College Visiting Writers Series
Macmillan Hall, Art Exhibit Room
Aurora, New York
with Martin Rock
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Thursday, March 9, 2017, 5:30 PM
Buffalo Street Books
215 N. Cayuga, Ithaca, NY
with Dan Rosenberg and Martin Rock
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