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Hugh Martin is originally from northeast Ohio and he spent six years in the Army National Guard and deployed to Iraq in 2004. His chapbook, So, How Was The War? (Kent State UP, 2010) was published by the Wick Poetry Center. His full-length collection, The Stick Soldiers (BOA Editions, 2013), was the winner of the A. Poulin Jr. First Book Prize. He is the recipient of a Wallace Stegner Fellowship; the Walter Dakin Fellowship from the Sewanee Writers' Conference; and he was the inaugural winner of the Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award from The Iowa Review. His poems have appeared in journals such as The Kenyon Review, The American Poetry Review, Crazyhorse, and The New Republic. Martin graduated from Muskingum University and has an MFA from Arizona State. Currently he is the Emerging Writer Lecturer at Gettysburg College.

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Outstanding Summer Reads

These are some of the wonderful books I've been able to read this summer.


Another Bullshit Night in Suck City by Nick Flynn
The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jameson
Life Work by Donald Hall
Child of God by Cormac McCarthy

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Essay in Grantland

Thanks to Rafe Bartholomew and Bill Simmons for taking my piece for Grantland

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Essay in The Rumpus

Thank you to the editors at The Rumpus for publishing my essay "First-Class Guilt."

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Poems in Connotation Press

Thank you to John Hoppenthaler who kindly asked for some poems to be featured in his "A Poetry Congeries" on Connotation Press.  View them here

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Akron-Beacon Journal

Thanks to Jim Carney for writing this generous piece in the AKBJ. 

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Chautauqua Reading

Had a great time this past week at the Chautauqua Institution in western New York.  It was humbling to be around so many--I say this very sincerely--geniuses who were at the top of their fields.  Here is a piece Kelsey Burritt wrote about the book.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Interview on Iowa Public Radio

 Thank you to Iowa Public Radio for interviewing me and two other veterans about this war.  It was great to also hear Randy Brown and Lem Genovese.


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