Martin Lammon

Georgia, United States

Member Since: 03/01/1989

Martin Lammon's first book of poems, News From Where I Live, won the Arkansas Poetry Award and was published by the University of Arkansas Press. He has also edited the book Written in Water, Written in Stone: Twenty Years of Poets on Poetry for the University of Michigan Press’s “Poets on Poetry” series, an anthology of essays and interviews from the series while under the general editorship of Donald Hall. In 2020, his latest book of poems, The Long Road Home, was published by Finishing Line Press.

In 1997, poems published in Nimrod were selected by W.S. Merwin for a Pablo Neruda Prize (second place). Lammon's poems have appeared in many other literary journals such as The Atlanta Review, Chelsea, Connecticut Review, Gettysburg Review, Hotel Amerika, Mid-American Review, Mississippi Review. Ploughshares, Poet Lore, and The Southern Review. He has also published creative nonfiction about living in Costa Rica, including essays appearing in The Chattahoochee Review (co-winner of the Lamar York Prize), The Iowa Review (runner-up for the Iowa Prize for Literary Nonfiction), Zone 3 (listed among "Notable Essays of 2008" in The Best American Essays 2009), and other journals.

Since 1997, he taught at Georgia College & State University, where he served as the Fuller E. Callaway endowed Flannery O’Connor Chair. At Georgia College, he founded the university’s MFA program, and the literary journal Arts & Letters. Before moving to Georgia, from 1991-1997 Lammon taught at Fairmont State College in West Virginia, where he founded the literary journal Kestrel. From 1998-2003, Lammon served on the AWP Board of Directors and was board President for two terms (2000-2002). Retired from teaching in 2020, he now lives in Atlanta, where he continues his work as a writer and literary advocate.









Twitter Username: @martinlammon


  • News from Where I Live: Poems , University of Arkansas Press (1998)
  • Written in Water, Written in Stone: Twenty Years of Poets on Poetry (editor) , University of Michigan Press (1996)
  • The Long Road Home: Poems , Finishing Line Press (2020)
  • What We Built Here: An Interview with Martin Lammon , AWP Writer's Chronicle (April 2023)


  • Georgia College Distinguished Professor(2007)
  • Chattahoochee Review/Lamar York Prize for Creative Nonfiction(2003)
  • Arkansas Poetry Prize (selected by Samuel Hazo)(1998)
  • Hardman/Pablo Neruda Prize (selected by W.S. Merwin)(1997)


  • Visiting Assistant Professor at Juniata College (September 1988 - June 1991)
  • Assistant/Associate Professor at Fairmont State College (August 1991 - June 1997)
  • Fuller E. Callaway endowed Flannery O'Connor Chair in Creative Writing at Georgia College and State University (September 1997 - )


  • Bachelor of Arts in English from Wittenberg University (June 1980)
  • Master of Arts in English from Ohio University (June 1982)
  • Doctoral Degree in English Language/Literature-20th Century Literature from Ohio University (March 1991)

Genres of Interest

Creative nonfiction, Poetry