2017 Plenary Speaker Announcement: Christopher Martin
Christopher Martin is author of This Gladdening Light: An Ecology of Fatherhood and Faith, praised by Janisse Ray as an “honest, gritty, transcendent” work. This Gladdening Light won the 2015 Will D. Campbell Award in Creative Nonfiction and will be published by Mercer University Press this summer. Martin is also author of the poetry chapbooksMarcescence, Everything Turns Away, and A Conference of Birds. His work has appeared in publications across the country— including American Public Media’s On Being, McSweeney’s, and Thrush Poetry Journal—and in several anthologies, most recently Hard Lines: Rough South Poetry, published by University of South Carolina Press this past year. Martin is a contributing editor at New Southerner and winner of the 2014 George Scarbrough Award for Poetry. He teaches English at Kennesaw State University, creative nonfiction at the Appalachian Young Writer Workshop, and serves on the board of the Acworth Cultural Arts Center, where he founded and hosts the SHORE reading series. He founded and edited the literary journal Flycatcher through 2015. He lives in Acworth with his wife and their two young children, and is presently a stay-at-home parent. You can find him online at christopher-martin.net.