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Herbert Woodward Martin: Professor and Poet, Editor and Performer

Herbert Woodward Martin, born in 1933, served as professor of English and poet-in-residence at the University of Dayton for more than three decades where he taught creative writing and African-American literature. He has devoted decades to editing and giving performances of the works of the poet and novelist Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906). He is also the editor of four books as well as the author of nine volumes of poetry.

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All about Herbert Woodward Martin

New York The Nine Million, Abracadabra Press, 1967

The Shit-Storm Poems, Pilot Press, 1972

The Persistence of The Flesh, Lotus Press, 1976

The Forms of Silence, Lotus Press, 1980

Galileo’s Suns, Bottom Dog Press, 1999

The Log of The Vigilante, Mellen Press, 2000

Escape To The Promised Land, Bottom Dog Press, 2005

Inscribing My Name, Kent State University Press, 2007

On the Flyleaf: Poems, Bottom Dog Press, 2013

Paul Laurence Dunbar: A Singer of Songs, State Library of Ohio, 1980

In His Own Voice: The Uncollected Works of Paul Laurence Dunbar, Ohio University Press, 2002

Paul Laurence Dunbar: Selected Poems, Penguin Press, 2004

The Collected Novels of Paul Laurence Dunbar, Ohio University Press, 2009


Listen to Herbert Woodward Martin reading the works of Paul Laurence Dunbar at the Department of Music's Dunbar Music Archive.

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Martin's readings are also available on DVD. To request a DVD, send your return address and a check for $24.95 to:

   Herbert Woodward Martin
   Department of English
   University of Dayton
   Dayton, OH 45469-1520

The price above includes the cost of the DVD ($19.95) plus $5.00 for shipping and handling.

Discovery of Martin Luther King Recording, CBS News (2009)

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Dunbar Hits High Note, UD Quarterly (1995)

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Filmmaker makes documentary about Martin, UD News (2009)

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Herb Martin finds lost MLK tape, UD News (2009)

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Herb Martin finds unpublished Dunbar poem in original Oak & Ivy, UD News (2010)

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Inspired Destiny: Herbert Woodward Martin Brings Paul Laurence Dunbar to Life, UD Quarterly (2006) 

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Jump Back, Honey, UD News (2009)

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Media Hits, A blog about Herbert Martin

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A Poet and His Song, UD Dimensions (1990) 

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A Poet Gives Life to His Fascination, The Chronicle of Higher Education (1993) 

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Paul Laurence Dunbar Research

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