Herbert Woodward Martin

Herbert Woodward Martin, born in 1933, served as professor of English and poet-in-residence at the University of Dayton in Ohio, United States of America, for more than three decades where he taught creative writing and African-American literature. He is the author of nine volumes of poetry and has devoted decades to editing and giving performances of the works of the poet and novelist Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906).

Martin’s publications include:

  • New York The Nine Million, Abracadabra Press, 1967
  • The Shit-Storm Poems , Pilot Press, 1972
  • The Persistence of The Flesh, Lotus Press, 1976
  • The Forms of Silence, Lotus Press, 1980
  • Galileo’s Suns, Bottom Dog Press, 1999
  • The Log of The Vigilante, Mellen Press, 2000
  • Escape To The Promised Land, Bottom Dog Press, 2005
  • Inscribing My Name, Kent State University Press, 2007
  • On the Flyleaf: Poems, Bottom Dog Press, 2013


  • Paul Laurence Dunbar: A Singer of Songs, State Library of Ohio, 1980
  • In His Own Voice: The Uncollected Works of Paul Laurence Dunbar, Ohio University Press, 2002
  • Paul Laurence Dunbar: Selected Poems, Penguin Press, 2004
  • The Collected Novels of Paul Laurence Dunbar, Ohio University Press, 2009