Dawn Lundy Martin

Essayist and Poet

Associate Professor

The Writing Program, Department of English, University of Pittsburgh

Co-founder

Black Took Collective

Dawn Lundy Martin, an essayist and award-winning poet, is author of A Gathering of Matter / A Matter of Gathering (2007) and DISCIPLINE (Nightboat Books 2011), which was selected by Fanny Howe for the Nightboat Books Poetry Prize and was a finalist for both Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Lambda Literary Award. Her most recent collection is Life in a Box is a Pretty Life (Nightboat Books 2015). She wrote the libretto for a video installation opera, titled "Good Stock on the Dimension Floor," which was scheduled to be featured in the 2014 Whitney Biennial, and is collaborating with architect Mitch McEwen on Detroit Opera House, “a project which stages an opera as a house, the house and its dramas of occupancy, vacancy, demolition, and re-purposing as an opera.” Her most recent essay, “"The Long Road to Angela Davis’'s Library,"” was published on NewYorker.com. Martin is also a co-founder of the Black Took Collective, an experimental performance art/poetry group of three. She is Associate Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh.