Poet and dramatist; university professor. Born– October 4, 1933, Birmingham, Ala. Parents– David Nathaniel and Willie Mae (Woodward) Martin. Education– B.A., University of Toledo, 1964; M.A., State University of New York, Buffalo, 1967; M. Litt., Middlebury College, M. Litt., 1972; Carnegie-Mellon University, D.A., 1979.   Taught at the State University of New York, Buffalo, 1966; Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, Mich., 1967-70; University of Dayton, Dayton, OH, 1970- ; visiting distinguished professor of poetry, Central Michigan University, 1973.  Associated with the Writer’s Workshop at Antioch Writer’s Conference, 1993-  ; with the Ohio Arts Council Writer’s Workshop, 1995; consultant for the contemporary Black writers’ collection, University of Toledo, 1974.  Published libretti, one-act operas, and poems in many journals and anthologies.


Contemporary Authors online


The Forms of Silence. Detroit; Lotus, 1980.

The Log of the Vigilante.  Mellen Poetry Press, 2000.

New York, the Nine Million and other poems. S.l.; Abracadabra, 1969.

Paul Laurence Dunbar, a Singer of Songs. Columbus, Ohio; State Library of Ohio, 1979.

The Persistence of the Flesh. Detroit; Lotus, 1976.

The Shit-Storm Poems. Grand Rapids, Mich.; Pilot Press, 1973.

Three Black Writers–Plus; Catalogue of an exhibition at the Ward M. Canaday Center, March 28-June 30. Toledo, Ohio; William S. Carlson Library, University of Toledo, 1980.