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Chris Martin

Chris Martin ’00

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of English, English


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 recent recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and Minnesota State Arts Board.

In 2015 he co-founded Unrestricted Interest, an organization dedicated to transforming the lives of those with autism through poetry and song. He also co-edits Unrestricted Editions, dedicated to transforming poetry and song though the voices of those with autism. He teaches or has taught at The Loft Literary Center, The University of Iowa, Hamline University, 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. 

Education & Professional History

Carleton College, BA; New York University, MA; University of Iowa, MFA.

At Carleton since 2000.

Profile updated January 4, 2018

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