Martha Modena Vertreace-Doody

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General Information

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Name: Martha Modena Vertreace-Doody

Pen Name: None

Genre: Poetry

Born: 1945 in Washington, D.C.



Photo Credit: Carla Durand-Demarais

Illinois Connection

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

Biographical and Professional Information

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 Chicago’s 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.

Published Works

  • Second House From the Corner, Kennedy-King College Press, 1986
  • Kelly in the Mirror, Albert Whitman Publishers, 1993
  • Oracle Bones, White Eagle Coffeestore Press, 1994
  • Light Caught Bending, Diehard Publishers, 1995
  • Cinnabar, Flume Press, 1995
  • Maafa, When Light Becomes a Lion, Ion Books, 1996
  • Second Mourning, Diehard Publishers, 1998
  • Smokeless Flame, Frith Press, 1998
  • Dragon Lady, Tsukimi, Riverstone Press, 1999
  • Glacier Fire, WordTech Communications, 2004
  • In This Glad Hour, Purple Flag, 2014

Titles at Your Library

Second house from the corner

ISBN: 093829900X
Release Date: 1986

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Kelly in the Mirror

ISBN: 0807541524
Release Date: 1993-03

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Light Caught Bending

ISBN: 0946230285
Release Date: 1995-05

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Maafa: When Night Becomes a Lion

ISBN: 0938507249
Release Date: 1996-04

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Second Mourning

ISBN: 0946230498
Release Date: 1998-12

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Glacier Fire

ISBN: 1932339590
Release Date: 2005-01-01

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Under a cat's-eye moon : poems

ISBN: 0914403001
Release Date: 1991

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Literary 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
  • Henry Blakely Award, from Gwendolyn Brooks
  • National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship
  • Illinios Arts Council Literary Awards
  • Illinois Arts Council Fellowship
  • Significant Illinois Poet Award from Gwendolyn Brooks
  • Scottish Arts Council Awards

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

External Links

Martha Vertreace on WorldCat


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