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Dionisio D. Martínez, born in Cuba in 1956, is the author of Climbing Back (W.W. Norton, 2001), selected for the 1999 National Poetry Series by Pulitzer Prize-winner Jorie Graham. His other books include Bad Alchemy (W.W. Norton, 1995) and History as a Second Language (Ohio State University Press, 1993). His first collection was a chapbook, Dancing at the Chelsea (State Street Press, 1992).

He has been the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Whiting Foundation. Bad Alchemy was one of 25 titles included in the New York Public Library's 1995 "Books to Remember" list. History as a Second Language won the Ohio State University Press/The Journal Award for Poetry.

His work has appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines.

Selected anthologies:
The Norton Anthology of Poetry (Fourth Edition; W.W. Norton, 1996); The Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry (Volume II, Third Edition; W.W. Norton, 2003); The Best American Poetry (Scribners, 1992); The Best American Poetry (Scribners, 1994); American Religious Poems (The Library of America, 2006); Inlandia: A Literary Journey through California's Inland Empire (Heyday Books, 2006); Poetry Daily: 366 Poems from the World's Most Popular Poetry Website (Sourcebooks, 2003); Poems, Poets, Poetry: An Introduction and Anthology (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2002); Jazz Poems (Everyman's Library, 2006); The Jazz Poetry Anthology (Indiana University Press, 1991); Sports in America (Wayne State University Press, 1995); Hard Choices: An Iowa Review Reader (University of Iowa Press, 1996); In Brief: Short Takes on the Personal (W.W. Norton, 1999); What Have You Lost? (HarperCollins/Greenwillow, 1999); The Best of the Prose Poem (White Pine Press, 2000); Outsiders (Milkweed Editions, 1999); Lights, Camera, Poetry! (Harcourt Brace/Harvest Original, 1996); Walk on the Wild Side: Urban American Poetry Since 1975 (Collier Books/Macmillan, 1994); Paper Dance (Persea Books, 1995); Florida in Poetry (Pineapple Press, 1995); A Century of Cuban Writers in Florida (Pineapple Press, 1996); Little Havana Blues (Arte Público Press, 1996); El Coro (University of Massachusetts Press, 1997); Night Out: Poems about Hotels, Motels, Restaurants and Bars (Milkweed Editions, 1997); La Pérdida y el Sueño (Término Editorial, 2001), Todos los Libros, el Libro (Los Libros de las Cuatro Estaciones, 2004).

Selected magazines:
The New Republic: Poetry; The American Poetry Review; The Georgia Review; The Kenyon Review; Denver Quarterly;
Ploughshares; Colorado Review; Seneca Review; Prairie Schooner; The Iowa Review; The Gettysburg Review; Slate; The Prose Poem; Verse; The Virginia Quarterly Review; Indiana Review; Quarterly West; Mid-American Review; Solo; Tampa Review; North American Review; The Independent (UK newspaper); Confrontation; Witness; The Appalachee Quarterly; Michigan Quarterly Review; Harvard Review; The Massachusetts Review; Southern Poetry Review; The Journal; Exquisite Corpse; Caliban; River City; Fiction International; Mudfish; Marlboro Review; Black Warrior Review; The Florida Review; Chelsea; kayak; Boletín de la Fundación Federico García Lorca (Spain); Crab Orchard Review; Organica; Fourteen Hills; Sonora Review; The Midwest Quarterly; Refraction: A Braille Journal of Contemporary Poetry; Eckerd College Review; The Chattahoochee Review; San José Studies; La Bête; Membrane; Sycamore Review; Turnstile; Wisconsin Review; Green Mountains Review; Calilfornia Quarterly; Northwest Review; International Quarterly; Luna; The Guadalupe Review; Mississippi Mud; Porch; Blue Buildings; Passages North; Countermeasures; Poetry Chronicle (India); Linden Lane MagazineInti; The Bloomsbury Review; Compass; Paragraph.

In 1999, Martínez was invited by U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky to read at the Library of Congress, where he also recorded his poems for the Library's archives; in 2000 he was on the faculty of Writers @ Work [Utah]; in 2001 he was an Artist-in-Residence at the Seaside Institute [Seaside, FL] and participated in Prairie Schooner magazine's 75th Anniversary Celebration [University of Nebraska-Lincoln]. He has also read at the Academy of American Poets, UC-Berkeley, UC-San Diego, The Museum of Contemporary Art-San Diego, The Miami Book Fair International, the University of Georgia, the Inprint Brown Reading Series (the Alley Theatre, Houston), the Sarasota Reading Festival, the St. Petersburg Times Reading Festival, Florida State University, University of Florida, SUNY-Brockport, and elsewhere.


Over the years he has conducted writing workshops at the YMCA National Writer's Voice, public and private schools and universities, and other institutions.


His essays and reviews appear in the Miami Herald, the St. Petersburg Times, Organica, and other periodicals.



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