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writer , English language educator

Martha Collins, American English language educator, writer. Fellow Bunting Institute, 1982-1983, Ingram Merrill Foundation, 1988, National Education Association, 1990; grantee Witter Bynner/Santa Fe Art Institute, 2001, Lannan Foundation Residency, 2003; recipient Pushcart prize, 1985, 96, 98, Di Castagnola award, 1990, Anisfield-Wolf award, 2007, Ohioana award, 2007, Distinguished Visiting Writer, Cornell University, 2010.


Collins, Martha was born on November 25, 1940 in Omaha. Daughter of William E. and Katheryn (Essick) Collins.


AB, Stanford University, 1962. Master of Arts, University Iowa, 1965. Doctor of Philosophy, University Iowa, 1971.


Assistant professor, N.E. Missouri U., Kirksville, Kirksville., 1965-1966;instructor, U. Massachusetts, Boston, 1966-1971;assistant Professor of English, U. Massachusetts, Boston, 1971-1975;associate professor, U. Massachusetts, Boston, 1975-1985;Professor of English, U. Massachusetts, Boston, since 1985;co-director creative writing, U. Massachusetts, Boston, since 1979;chair department English, U. Massachusetts, Boston, 1994-1996;professor, co-director creative writing, Oberlin (Ohio) College, Boston, since 1997.


  • National Endowment of the Arts FellowshipdIngram Merrill Foundation FellowshipNational Endowment for the Humanities FellowshipBunting Institute FellowshipWitter Bynner Grant for translationLannan Foundation Residency GrantPeregrine Smith Poetry Competition for The Arrangement of SpaceAnisfield-Wolf Book Award (2007) for Blue Front.



Member Poetry Society of America, Associate Writing Programs.


Married Theodore M. Space, April 1991.

William E. Collins

Katheryn (Essick) Collins

Theodore M. Space