Martha Collins

Martha Collins’s eleventh volume of poetry is Casualty Reports (Pittsburgh, 2022); her tenth, Because What Else Could I Do (Pittsburgh, 2019), won the Poetry Society of America’s William Carlos Williams Award. Her fifth volume of co-translated Vietnamese poetry is Dreaming the Mountain by Tuệ Sỹ, with Nguyen Ba Chung (Milkweed, 2023).  Collins founded the U.Mass. Boston creative writing program and taught at Oberlin College for ten years. 


  • Practicing Eights

    After I almost died, it was hard
  • 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