Writer’s Voice Spotlight: Martha Collins

by watershedcsuc

The editors at Watershed Review are proud to announce that poet Martha Collins will be reading at the local 1078 Gallery (located at 820 Broadway Street in Chico, CA) as part of the Writer’s Voice Series. Please join us in welcoming Mrs. Collins this Thursday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m.

Martha Collins was born in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1940. She earned a B.A. at Stanford University and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. She has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Bunting Institute, as well as three Pushcart Prize honors, a Witter Bynner Grant for translation, and a Lannan Foundation Residency Grant. Collins established the creative writing program at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and currently holds the Pauline Delaney Chair in Creative Writing at Oberlin College. From the personal bio at http://marthacollinspoet.com/:

Martha Collins is the author of White Papers (Pitt Poetry Series, 2012), as well as 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, two books of co-translations from the Vietnamese, and two chapbooks. 

Blue Front 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.

Two books are forthcoming from Milkweed: Black Stars: Poems by Ngo Tu Lap (co-translated with the author, 2013) and Day Unto Day (poems, 2014).

Martha Collins at Poets.org