Pen Name: None
Genres: Fiction, Non-Fiction
Born: 1955 in Lawrenceville, Illinois
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.
- The Least You Need to Know, Sarabande Books, 1996
- From Our House, EP Dutton, 2000
- Quakertown, Penguin Group, 2001
- Turning Bones, University of Nebraska Press, 2003
- The Bright Forever, Shaye Arehart Books, 2005
- The River of Heaven, Shaye Arehart Books, 2008
- Break the Skin, Crown Publishing Group, 2011
- Such a Life, University of Nebraska Press, 2012
Titles for Purchase and at Your Library
The Least You Need to Know: Stories
Release Date: 1996-01-01
Release Date: 2001-06-01
The Bright Forever: A Novel
Release Date: 2005-05-03
Such a Life (American Lives)
Release Date: 2012-03-01
- Finalist for the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, The Bright Forever
- Lawrence Foundation Award forThe 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.
Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances
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