Martin Rock is a poet, editor, and book designer, and Associate Director of Communications for the Exploratorium in San Francisco. A graduate of New York University's MFA program and the University of Houston's PhD program in creative writing and literature, his first full-length collection of poetry, Residuum, was Editor's Choice for the 2015 Cleveland State University Poetry Center's first book prize. Additional book publications include the chapbooks Dear Mark (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2013), and Fish, You Bird (Pilot, 2010, co-written with Phillip D. Ischy). He has been awarded the Inprint Donald Barthelme Prize in Poetry, fellowships from the Port Townsend Writers Conference, InPrint Houston, New York University, and the University of Houston, and in 2013 he was a semi-finalist for the "Discovery"/Boston Review Poetry Prize.
As an editor, Martin has served in senior editorial positions at Gulf Coast, Washington Square Review, Epiphany, and Loaded Bicycle, which he founded. With Kevin Prufer and Martha Collins, Martin co-edited the Unsung Masters Volume, Catherine Breese Davis: On the Life and Work of an American Master. He recently edited and curated the conversation Five Poets and a Particle Physicist: Discussing Poetics as a Mode of Inquiry with CERN researcher and particle physicist Dr. James Beacham and the poets Kimiko Hahn, Kathryn Nuernberger, Tess Taylor, and Jaswinder Bolina.
Recent poems have appeared in 2018 Best American Experimental Writing, Copper Nickel, and Colorado Review. His work has also appeared in the Academy of American Poets’ “Poem-a-Day,” Missouri Review’s “Poem of the Week,” AGNI, Best New Poets 2012, Black Warrior Review, Conduit, DIAGRAM, and other journals.
Martin is a lecturer at California College of the Arts and has taught writing and literature at New York University, University of Houston, Berkeley College in Manhattan, the Jackson Hole Writers' Conference, and University of Houston's Boldface Writers' Conference. He lives in the East Bay and serves on the San Francisco Advisory Board of the Poetry Society of America and on the board of Unsung Masters, a book series focused on important writers who have been unjustly neglected and/or whose work is currently out of print.
To contact Martin about readings and teaching opportunities, e-mail him at martin.shijin.rock [at] gmail.