Poet and dramatist; university professor. Born– October 4, 1933, Birmingham, Ala. Parents– David Nathaniel and Willie Mae (Woodward) Martin. Married–Sue Aultman.  Children–two. 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, 1970-1996 ; 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. Awarded emeritus status on his retirement at the University of Dayton, 1996. Received the Mellen Poetry Prize, 1999; Ohio Governor’s Award, 2002; Mark Twain Award (from the Society for Midwestern Literature) 2002.  Awarded honorary degrees by Wright State University, 2010, and Central Michigan University, 2011.


Contemporary Authors online; University of Dayton website


The Forms of Silence. Detroit; Lotus, 1980.

Galileo’s Suns.  Bottom Dog Press, 1999.

Inscribe My Name.  Kent State University Press, 2007.

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

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

On the Flyleaf: Poems.  Bottom Dog Press, 2013.

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.


Collected Novels of Paul Laurence Dunbar. Ohio University Press, 2009.

In his own Voice:  The Uncollected Works of Paul Laurence Dunbar.  Ohio University Press, 2002.

Paul Laurence Dunbar:  Selected Poems. Penguin Poems, 2004.


A collection of the papers of Herbert Woodward Martin is held by the Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections at the University of Dayton.