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The Plutzik Reading Series presents the poetry reading of Dawn Lundy Martin. She is Professor and Distinguished Writer in Residence at Bard College. With Terrance Hayes she co-founded Center for African American Poetry and Poetics at the University of Pittsburgh, which she directed for six years and where she was the Toi Derricotte Endowed Chair in English.

She is the author of four books of poems: Good Stock Strange Blood, winner of the 2019 Kingsley Tufts Award for Poetry; Life in a Box is a Pretty Life, which won the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Poetry; DISCIPLINE, and A Gathering of Matter / A Matter of Gathering. Her nonfiction can be found in n+1The New YorkerPloughshares, Chicago Review, and Best American Essays 2019 and 2021. A new collection of poems, Instructions for The Lovers, is forthcoming from Nighboat Books in 2024. Her memoir, When a Person Goes Missing, will be published by Pantheon Books.

Martin’s poetry has been celebrated across the world and her work has been described as “precise, tender, and unflinching” and is “at once innovative and emotionally fraught.” 


Her visit is a part of the 2023 Meliora Weekend. A reception will follow in the Welles-Brown Room from 4:30-5:30 pm.

This event is free and open to the public, but we ask that you please register in advance via the Meliora Weekend website:

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