Martha Collins has just published her tenth book of poetry, Because What Else Can I Do. Some of her previous volumes include Admit One: An American Scrapbook and the book-length poem Blue Front. Collins has also published four volumes of co-translated Vietnamese poetry.
Born in Nebraska and raised in Iowa, Collins was educated at Stanford University and the University of Iowa. She founded the Creative Writing Program at the University of Massachusetts-Boston, and for ten years was Pauline Delaney Professor of Creative Writing at Oberlin College. She served as Distinguished Visiting Writer at Cornell University in 2010, and currently teaches (and is available for) short-term workshops. Editor-at-large for FIELD magazine and one of the editors of the Oberlin College Press, she lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Certain books were “banned in Boston” at least as far back as 1651, when one William Pynchon wrote a book criticizing Puritanism.