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Martha Modena Vertreace-Doody

Born: 1945 in Washington, D.C.
Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Vertreace-Doody lives in Chicago and is a Distinguished Professor of English and Poet-in-Residence, Kennedy-King College.

Biography: Martha Modena Vertreace-Doody's work focuses on American experiences, as a black woman in the Chicago region, as a participant in American history, and as a community activist. She has been involved in Chicagoís Catholic and African American communities, serving as a time as an editor of Community Magazine at Friendship House in Chicago and publishing poetry in the National Catholic Reporter.

  • """Glacier Fire"""
  • -- Word Press Poetry Prize, 2004
  • """Light Caught Bending"""
  • -- Scottish Arts Council Grant, 1995 the first time the award was given to a writer who is not British
  • """Other Awards"""
  • -- The Glendora Review Poet, Lagosm Nigeria
  • -- Twice Fellow at the Hawthornden International Writers' Retreat in Scotland
  • -- Poetry Fellow, in residence at the Writers Center, Dublin, Ireland
  • -- Research Fellow at St. Deiniol's Library, Hawarden, Wales
  • -- National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship, 1993
  • -- Illinios Arts Council Literary Awards
  • -- Illinois Arts Council Fellowship
  • -- Significant Illinois Poet Award from Gwendolyn Brooks, 1993

Primary Literary Genre(s): Poetry

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers


Selected Titles

Glacier fire :
ISBN: 1932339590 OCLC: 58806299

Word Press, Cincinnati, OH : ©2004.

ISBN: 0944048595 OCLC: 1162578280

Kelly in the mirror /
ISBN: 0807541524 OCLC: 26255832

A. Whitman, Morton Grove, Ill. : ©1993.

A young girl feels sad that she doesn't look like anyone in her family--until she finds a photograph album in the attic.

Light caught bending /
ISBN: 0946230285 OCLC: 33208660

Diehard, Edinburgh : ©1995.

Maafa :
ISBN: 0938507249 OCLC: 34282395

Ion Books, Memphis, TN : 1996.

  Second house from the corner /
ISBN: 093829900X OCLC: 13665677

Kennedy-King College Print. Dept., Chicago : 1986.

  Second mourning /
ISBN: 0946230498 OCLC: 40179616

Diehard, Edinburgh : ©1998.

Under a cat's-eye moon /
ISBN: 0914403001 OCLC: 24143447