Dionisio D. Martínez: Author Feature

Dionisio D. Martínez was born in Cuba in 1956. He has been the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Whiting Foundation. His book Bad Alchemy was one of twenty-five titles included in the New York Public Library’s 1995 “Books to Remember” list, and History as a Second Language won the Ohio State University Press/The Journal Award for Poetry. His work has appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines, including The Norton Anthology of Poetry, The Best American Poetry (1992 and 1994), The Jazz Poetry Anthology, Hard Choices: An Iowa Review Reader, In Brief: Short Takes on the Personal, The New Republic, The American Poetry Review, Tampa Review, The Georgia Review, and Kenyon Review. In 1999, Martínez was invited by United States Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky to read at the Library of Congress, where he also recorded his poems for the Library’s archives; in 2000 he was on the faculty of Writers @ Work (Utah); in 2001 he was an artist-in-residence at the Seaside Institute (Seaside, FL) and participated in Prairie Schooner magazine’s 75th Anniversary Celebration (Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln). Martínez conducts writing workshops for the YMCA National Writer’s Voice and his essays and reviews appear in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Miami Herald, and the St. Petersburg Times.::


More on Dionisio D. Martínez

“Of meaning and metaphor,” a review of Climbing Back by Mike Chasar, St. Petersburg Times, October 20, 2000

Review of Bad Alchemy by Dionisio D. Martinez

“Finding Comfort in a Foreign Land’s Myth” by Dionisio D. Martínez, originally published in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution


Climbing Back (2001)

Climbing Back (2001) – National Poetry Series Books





Also by Dionisio D. Martínez

– History as a Second Language (1993)



– Dancing at the Chelsea (1992)


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