Martha Collins

Martha Collins’ tenth book of poetry, Because What Else Could I Do (Pittsburgh, 2019), won the Poetry Society of America’s William Carlos Williams Award. Other recent collections are Admit One: An American Scrapbook  (Pittsburgh, 2016) and the paired volumes Day Unto Day and Night Unto Night (Milkweed, 2014, 2018). Her eleventh book, Casualty Reports, will be published by Pittsburgh in October 2022.


  • Movie and Two Little Miners

    When I was ten    they took me into a coal mine
  • Lamentations

    America    more guns    more    than us
  • Because What Else Could I Do

    I alone in a restaurant
  • Once We Were

    once we were immigrants
  • Martha Collins: Up North

        Introduction for Up North Martha Collins   In the fall of 2004, I finished a book-length poem I’d…

    Issue #32 February 2014
  • white paper #46

    Obama Waffles Mix