Books in the Barn: Chris Martin
The Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies is honored to welcome poet Chris Martin to the Tower View Barn on Thursday, November 6, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. for a public reading as part of the Books in the Barn series. This event is open to the public and is a pay-what-you-can admission. Admission is free to Anderson Center members and youth under 18.
Chris Martin is the author of The Falling Down Dance (Coffee House, 2015), winner of the 2016 Midwest Independent Booksellers Choice Award; Becoming Weather (Coffee House, 2011); and American Music (Copper Canyon, 2007), chosen by C.D. Wright for the Hayden Carruth Award. He is also the author of several poetry chapbooks, including HISTORY (Coffee House, 2014), enough (Ugly Duckling, 2012), and How to Write a Mistake-ist Poem (Brave Men, 2011).
In 2015, Martin cofounded Unrestricted Interest, a consultancy and writing program dedicated to transforming the lives of kids and adults on the autism spectrum through poetry and song. As Martin told MinnPost, “I considered my earlier attempts to stay alive while writing a miserable failure. So I happened into teaching and discovered I really enjoyed it, especially working with kids on the autism spectrum. I brought poetry into my teaching and it became natural to combine the two things. That changed the way I looked at poetry in my own life,” he says. “At times I had wondered how to justify what seems to many like a hobby. It wasn’t a hobby to me — it was everything. When I saw how it could help kids communicate and learn, I thought, ‘Why not write poetry?’ Everyone benefits from it.”
Martin’s poems have been performed by dancers, musicians, filmmakers, and guerrilla readers in the Minneapolis skyways. In 2009, the Poetry Society of America recognized him as one of their biannual New American Poets. He has served as Writer-in-Residence at the Minnesota History Center and as a Bartos Fellow at United World College. He has been a writer-in-residence at the Minnesota History Center’s Gale Library, a Bartos fellow at United World College, a reader-in-residence at the South Minneapolis Society Library, and the recipient of a 2017 NEA grant for poetry. He was a visiting assistant professor at Carleton College in 2016, and he teaches at The Loft Literary Center. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife, the poet Mary Austin Speaker, and their two children
Books in the Barn is a three-part reading series that offers a wide-ranging look at the work of contemporary writers. Through diverse forms and world-views, each brings a sense of connection to place and the impact of landscape on storytelling and identity.
Each writer is also presenting an outreach event in the Red Wing community, providing further opportunity to share their work with a broader audience.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. Thanks to this funding, the Anderson Center is able to offer tickets on a pay-what-you-can basis. All ticket sales will go to support our work offering artistic programming in the Red Wing community.