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Dawn Lundy Martin in conversation with Ron Charles on "The Life of a Poet"

Event date: 
Monday, October 23, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Event address: 
The Hill Center
921 Pennsylvania Avenue SE
Washington, DC 20003


Join East City Bookshop at the Hill Center  for Ron Charles, the Washington Post Book World Editor, in conversation with poet Dawn Lundy Martin. 

This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required. To register, visit the Hill Center website.


Dawn Lundy Martin earned a BA from the University of Connecticut, an MA in creative writing from San Francisco State University, and a PhD in English from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Martin’s first full-length collection, A Gathering of Matter / A Matter of Gathering (University of Georgia Press, 2007), was selected by Carl Phillips for the 2007 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Her second collection, Discipline, won the 2009 Nightboat Books Poetry Prize, chosen by Fanny Howe (Nightboat Books, 2011). Her most recent collection is Life in a Box Is a Pretty Life (Nightboat Books, 2014).

In 2004, she co-edited, alongside Vivien Labaton, The Fire This Time: Young Activists and the New Feminism (Anchor Books, 2004), a collection of essays on modern theories of activism in America. She also wrote the Afterword, titled “What, Then, is Freedom,” to Harriet Ann Jacobs’ 19th century slave narrative, Incidents of a Slave Girl (Signet Classics, 2010).

Martin is co-founder of the Third Wave Foundation in New York, a national grant-making organization led by young women and transgender youth, which focuses on social justice activism. She is also a member of the Black Took Collective, a group of experimental black poets embracing critical theory about gender, race and sexuality.

She has been the recipient of two poetry grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and was awarded the 2008 Academy of American Arts and Sciences May Sarton Prize for Poetry.

She has taught at Montclair State University, The New School and the Institute for Writing and Thinking at Bard College. She is currently an assistant professor in the writing program at the University of Pittsburgh and Co-Director of the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics.

Ron Charles is the editor of The Washington Post’s Book World section. For several years, he also edited The Post’s “Poet’s Choice” column in Book World. His reviews have won the National Book Critics Circle Award for best criticism and 1st place for Arts & Entertainment Commentary from the Society for Features Journalism. Washingtonian Magazine named him as one of the 40 people who shaped DC in 2010.

Good Stock Strange Blood Cover Image
ISBN: 9781566894715
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Published: Coffee House Press - July 25th, 2017

Life in a Box Is a Pretty Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9781937658281
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Published: Nightboat Books - December 1st, 2014

A Gathering of Matter / A Matter of Gathering: Poems (Cave Canem Poetry Prize) Cover Image
By Dawn Lundy Martin, Carl Phillips (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780820329918
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Published: University of Georgia Press - October 1st, 2007

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ISBN: 9780984459841
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Published: Nightboat Books - March 8th, 2011