Martin Rock is an American poet and author of Residuum (CSU Poetry Center, 2016), Dear Mark (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2013), and Fish, You Bird (Pilot, 2010, co-written with Phillip D. Ischy). He is a graduate of New York University's MFA program and the University of Houston's PhD program in creative writing and literature and 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 a literary 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 also 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 has taught writing and literature at California College of the Arts, New York University, the University of Houston, Berkeley College in Manhattan, the Jackson Hole Writers' Conference, and the 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.