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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Martha Modena Vertreace-Doody  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Poetry

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1945 in Washington, D.C.

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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

Selected Titles At Your Library

Second house from the corner /
ISBN: 093829900X. OCLC Number:

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

Kelly in the mirror /
ISBN: 0807541524. OCLC Number:

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 Number:

Diehard,. Edinburgh :. ©1995.

Maafa :
ISBN: 0938507249. OCLC Number:

Ion Books,. Memphis, TN :. 1996.

Second mourning /
ISBN: 0946230498. OCLC Number:

Diehard,. Edinburgh :. ©1998.

Glacier fire :
ISBN: 1932339590. OCLC Number:

Word Press,. Cincinnati, OH :. ©2004.

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

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  • 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

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