Martha Collins


Author's Bio

Martha Collins is the author, most recently, of Day Unto Day (2014), White Papers (Pittsburgh, 2012) and the book-length poem Blue Front (Graywolf, 2006), which won an Anisfield-Wolf Award and was chosen as one of “25 Books to Remember from 2006” by the New York Public Library. Collins has also published four earlier collections of poems and three collections of co-translated Vietnamese poetry, most recently Black Stars: Poems by Ngo Tu Lap (Milkweed, 2013). Collins founded the Creative Writing Program at UMass-Boston and served as Pauline Delaney Professor of Creative Writing at Oberlin College for ten years. She is currently editor-at-large for FIELD magazine and one of the editors of the Oberlin College Press. Another collection of poems, Admit One: An American Scrapbook,is forthcoming from Pitt in 2016.

Publications & Prizes

Admit One: An American Scrapbook (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2016)
Day Unto Day (Milkweed Editions, 2014)
White Papers (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2012)
Blue Front (Graywolf Press, 2006)
Some Things Words Can Do (Sheep Meadow Press, 1998)
A History of Small Life on a Windy Planet (University of Georgia Press, 1993)
The Arrangement of Space (Gibbs Smith, 1991)
The Catastrophe of Rainbows (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 1985)
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Other awards include fellowships from the NEA, the Bunting Institute, the Witter Bynner Foundation, and the Ingram Merrill Foundation, as well as two Ohioana awards, a Best American Poets award, three Pushcart prizes, the Laurence Goldstein Poetry Prize, and a Lannan Foundation residency fellowship.

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Des Moines, IA
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Last update: Aug 14, 2018