Chris Martin

Contact Info

Trevor Witt
twitt01@hamline.edu

Trevor Witt

Contingent Worker

Contact Info

Trevor Witt
twitt01@hamline.edu

Biography

Chris Martin is the author of The Falling Down Dance (Coffee House, 2015), winner of the 2016 Midwest Independent Booksellers Choice Award; Becoming Weather (Coffee House, 2011); and American Music (Copper Canyon, 2007) chosen by C. D. Wright for the Hayden Carruth Award. He’s been a writer-in-residence at the Minnesota History Center's Gale Library, a Bartos Fellow at United World College, a reader-in-residence at the South Minneapolis Society Library, and is the recipient of a 2017 NEA grant for poetry.

In 2015 he co-founded Unrestricted Interest, a consultancy and writing program dedicated to transforming the lives of kids and adults on the autism spectrum through poetry and song. The other mission of Unrestricted Interest is to create fulfilling and sustaining employment for poets who care deeply about craft and community.

He also teaches or has taught at The Loft Literary Center, The University of Iowa, and Carleton College. After co-founding one of the first online poetry journals and working as an editor at Futurepoem books, he now co-edits Society Editions, a publishing concern at the intersection of politics and poetics. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife, the poet Mary Austin Speaker, and their two children.

Publications

The Falling Down Dance
Coffee House

Becoming Weather
Coffee House

American Music
Copper Canyon