Martha Collins

Martha Collins is the author of the collection White Papers (Pittsburgh, 2012), as well as the book-length poem Blue Front (Graywolf, 2006), which won an Anisfield-Wolf Award and was chosen by the New York Public Library as one of “25 Books to Remember from 2006.” She has also published four earlier collections of poems and two collections of co-translated Vietnamese poetry. Pauline Delaney Professor of Creative Writing at Oberlin College until 2007, Collins served as Distinguished Visiting Writer at Cornell University in 2010, and is currently editor-at-large forFIELD magazine.



Forthcoming: Day Unto Day (Milkweed, 2014)

Forthcoming: Black Stars: Poems by Ngo Tu Lap, co-translated (Milkweed, 2013)

Forthcoming: White Papers (Pittsburgh, 2012)

Blue Front (Graywolf, 2006)

Green Rice: Poems by Lâm Thị Mỹ Dạ, co-translated with Thuy Dinh (Curbstone, 2005)

Some Things Words Can Do (Sheep Meadow, 1998)

The Women Carry River Water: Poems by Nguyển Quang Thiều, co-translated with the author (U.Mass., 1997)

A History of Small Life on a Windy Planet (Georgia, 1993)

The Arrangement of Space (Peregrine Smith, 1991)

The Catastrophe of Rainbows (Cleveland State, 1985; reissue 1998)

Critical Essays on Louise Bogan—editor (G.K. Hall, 1984)



Sheer (Barnwood, 2008)

Gone So Far (Barnwood, 2005)


Honors include:

Honorary Degree, Cleveland State University, May 2008

Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, for <em "mso-bidi-font-style:="">Blue Front, 2007

Ohioana Poetry Award, 2007

Blue Front chosen as one of 25 Books to Remember from 2006, NY Public Library

Laurence Goldstein Poetry Prize, for poems from Blue Front, 2005

Lannan Foundation Residency Grant, 2003

Witter Bynner/Santa Fe Art Institute Grant for Poet Translators, 2001

American Literary Translators Association Finalist Award, 1998           

Pushcart Prize, 1998, 1996, 1985

Witter Bynner Grant for translation, 1994

Gordon Barber Memorial Award, 1992

NEA Fellowship, 1990

Peregrine Smith Poetry Prize, 1990

Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award for work in progress, 1990

Ingram Merrill Fellowship, 1988

Breadloaf Fellowship, 1985

Mary Carolyn Davies Memorial Award, 1985

Bunting Fellowship, Radcliffe College, 1982-83

NEH Fellowship, 1977-78

Residence, MacDowell Colony, 1991, 1987, 1985, 1979, 1976


Poems in anthologies and textbooks—numerous poems, including:

The Norton Introduction to Poetry (Norton, 2002)

The Extraordinary Tide, ed. Aizenberg and Belieu (Columbia, 2001)

The Pushcart Prize, XXIII, XXI, X (Pushcart, 1998, 1996, 1985)

The Poet's Companion, ed. Addonizio and Laux (Norton, 1997)

The Heath Anthology of Poetry (D.C. Heath, 1995, 1999)

Angles of Vision, ed. Biddle and Fulweiler (McGraw Hill, 1992)

New Directions 55 (1991)

The Forgotten Language: Contemporary Poets and Nature (Peregrine Smith, 1991)

Literature and Society, ed. Annas and Rosen (Prentice Hall, 1990)

Sound and Sense, ed. Perrine (Harcourt Brace, 1987 and subsequent editions)

Strong Measures: Contemporary American Poetry in Traditional Forms, (Harper, 1986)

Images of Women in Literature, ed. Morimoto et al (Tokyo, 1985)

Poets of the Pacific Countries (Seoul, Korea, 1985)


Poems in periodicals—hundreds of poems, including:

American Poetry Review                       

Paris Review                       



Denver Quarterly                                   

Prairie Schooner            



Gettysburg Review                                   

Southern Review

Iowa Review                                               


Kenyon Review                                   


Michigan Quarterly Review                       

Virginia Quarterly Review            



Reviews and essays in a number of magazines and periodicals, including:

AGNI, American Book Review, Boston Globe, ELH, FIELD, Harvard Review, Pleiades, Signs, Sojourner, Studies in American Fiction, Studies in the Novel


Translations of poems in periodicals and anthologies, from Vietnamese, German, Italian, Spanish, and French, in: 

AGNI, American Poetry Review, FIELD, Harvard Review, The Literary Review, Luna, Manoa, Poetry International, Seneca Review, Subtropics, and other periodicals; and in Six Vietnamese Poets  (Curbstone, 2001), Twentieth-Century Latin American Poetry, ed. Stephen Tapscott (Texas, 1996), The Defiant Muse: French Feminist Poems, ed. Domna C. Stanton (Feminist Press, 1986), and other anthologies.


Readings at numerous colleges, universities, libraries, etc., including:

Brandeis University, Bowling Green University, California College of the Arts, Catholic University, City College-New York, Cleveland State University, College of Charleston, College of William and Mary, Drake University, Folger Shakespeare Library, Furman University, George Mason University, Harvard University, Indiana University, Interlochen Arts Academy, John Carroll University, MIT, Sarah Lawrence College, Simmons College, Suffolk University, University of Alabama, University of Connecticut, University of Maryland-Baltimore, University of Nebraska, University of the Pacific, University of Toledo, Washington University, Western Maryland College



University of Iowa, M.A., Ph.D.

Stanford University, A.B.


Academic Positions, Administration, and Editorial Experience:

Cornell University, Distinguished Visiting Writer, spring 2010

Oberlin College, 1997-2007: Pauline Delaney Professor of Creative Writing

One of the editors of FIELD magazine and Oberlin College Press, 1997-

University of Massachusetts-Boston, 1966-2002

Founder of Creative Writing Program, 1975, and Co-Director, 1982-1997

Image credit: White Papers, by Martha Collins published by the University of Pittsburgh Press


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