Dawn Lundy Martin, a writer, professor, and social justice researcher, is co-founder of Third Wave Foundation and the co-editor of The Fire This Time: Young Activists and the New Feminism (Anchor Books, 2004), a collection of essays that examines issues ranging from criminal justice and media to globalization and immigration through a gender lens.
She is also the author of A Gathering of Matter / A Matter of Gathering (University of Georgia Press 2007), winner of the Cave Canem Prize; DISCIPLINE (Nightboat Books, 2011), which was selected by Fanny Howe for the Nightbook Books Poetry Prize and a finalist for both the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Lambda Literary Award; Candy, a limited edition letterpress chapbook (Albion Books 2011); and The Morning Hour, selected by C.D. Wright for the 2003 Poetry Society of America’s National Chapbook Fellowship. Her forthcoming book, Life in a Box is a Pretty Life, will be published by Nightboat Books in 2014.
Dawn has given lectures on race, gender, and poetics at universities across the country, including most recently, the Naropa University Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics and the University of California at Berkeley. She is a member the experimental black poetry and performance group, the Black Took Collective and is Associate Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh. In addition, Dawn works as a research consultant on gender and other social justice issues for foundations and other NGOs.