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Martha Dean McFerren

Martha Dean McFerren, American writer, librarian. Certified secondary teacher, Texas. Recipient Moore prize Helicon Nine, 1992, Poetry prize Deep South Conference, 1985, creative writing fellowship Yaddo Colony, 1985, writer's fellowship National Education Association, 1991, Artist fellowship Louisiana Endowment for the Arts, 1983. Member New Orleans Poetry Forum (publicity director 1976-1990), Poetry Society of America.


  • McFerren, Martha Dean was born on April 25, 1947 in Henderson, Texas, United States. Daughter of Manley Edward McFerren and Emma Lou Turner.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science, North Texas State University, 1969. Master of Library. Services, North Texas State University, 1971. Master of Fine Arts, Warren Wilson College, 1988.


    • Library. San Jacinto College, Pasadena, Texas, 1971-1976, Jefferson Parish Libraries, Metairie, Louisiana, 1976-1981, New Orleans Schools, 1984-1985. Instructor Dillard University, New Orleans, 1991. Poetry instructor Slidell (Louisiana) Public Schools, 1989.

    Major achievements

    • Certified secondary teacher, Texas.


    • Author: Delusions of a Popular Mind, 1983, Get Me Out of Here!, 1984, Contours for Ritual, 1988, Women in Cars, 1992 (Marianne Moore prize 1992). Associate editor New Laurel Review, 1980-1988.


    Member New Orleans Poetry Forum (publicity director 1976-1990), Poetry Society of America.


    • Married Dennis Scott Wall, May 22, 1977.
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    Born April 25, 1947
    (age 70)
    • 1969
      North Texas State University
    • 1971
      North Texas State University
    • 1988
      Warren Wilson College
    • 1971 - 1976
      Library San Jacinto College
      Pasadena, California, United States
    • 1976 - 1981
      Library San Jacinto College
      Metairie, Louisiana, United States
    • 1984 - 1985
      Library San Jacinto College
    • 1991
      instructor, Dillard University
      New Orleans, Louisiana, United States