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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Lee Martin  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction

Born: 1955 in Lawrenceville, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Lee was born in Lawrenceville, Illinois and attended Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. He lived in Illinois from 1955 through 1979. His memoirs, ''From Our House'' and ''Turning Bones'', feature Illinois settings.

Biographical and Professional Information

Martin is the award-winning author of the Pulitzer Prize finalist ''The Bright Forever''; a novel, ''Quakertown''; a short story collection, ''The Least You Need to Know''; and two acclaimed memoirs, ''From Our House'' and ''Turning Bones''. Martin graduated from Eastern Illinois University, the University of Arkansas and University of Nebraska. He now resides in Columbus, Ohio, where he directs the creative writing program at The Ohio State University.

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Titles At Your Library


-- *Finalist for the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, ''The Bright Forever'' *Lawrence Foundation Award for''The Bright Forever'' *Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction for ''The Least You Need to Know'' in 1995 *Master Award, Individual Artist Fellowship in Fiction, Nebraska Arts Council in 1995 *Associated Writing Programs Short Fiction Prize in 1995 *''From Our House'' was a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection in 2000 and was nominated for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Awards. *Glenna Luschei Prize *Martin was honored at the 2004 Illinois Authors Book Fair sponsored by the Illinois Center for the Book and the Illinois State Library in Springfield, Illinois.