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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.


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

Speaking Engagements

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Selected Titles At Your Library

Glacier fire :
ISBN: 1932339590. OCLC Number: 58806299

Word Press,. .

ISBN: 0944048595. OCLC Number: 1162578280

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Kelly in the mirror /
ISBN: 0807541524. OCLC Number: 26255832

A. Whitman,. .

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: 33208660

Diehard,. .

Maafa :
ISBN: 0938507249. OCLC Number: 34282395

Ion Books,. .

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

Kennedy-King College Print. Dept.,. .

Second mourning /
ISBN: 0946230498. OCLC Number: 40179616

Diehard,. .

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

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