Martin Galvin (poet)

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Martin George Galvin
Born Martin George Galvin
(1937-02-11) February 11, 1937 (age 81)
Mount Airy, Philadelphia, U.S
Occupation Poet
Nationality American
Alma mater Villanova University
University of Maryland, College Park
Notable awards Columbia Prize for poetry
Poet Lore
Spouse Theresa
  • Brenna
  • Tara

Martin George Galvin (born February 21, 1937 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a prize-winning American poet and teacher. He currently teaches at the Writer's Center in Bethesda, Maryland.[1]


Galvin grew up in Mount Airy, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He attended Catholic schools including St. John's High School, Manayunk, Pennsylvania, from which he graduated in a class of 15. After graduating from Villanova University with a BA degree in Liberal Arts he continued his education and received his Masters and his Ph.D. degrees in American Literature from the University of Maryland, College Park while teaching literature at St. Joseph's College, Emmitsburg, Maryland. After moving to the Washington, D.C. area in the early 1970s, he taught creative writing and poetry at Walt Whitman High School, Bethesda, Maryland. He currently teaches at the Writer's Center in Bethesda, Maryland.[1]


He and his wife, Theresa, have two daughters, Brenna and Tara.[2] They divide their time between Chevy Chase, Maryland and Ocean View, Delaware.[3]


His poetry, fiction and essays have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly,[4] Best American Poetry 1997, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, D.C. Poets Against the War, Delaware Poetry Review,[5] Four Quarters, Midwest Quarterly, Orion, Poet Lore, Poetry, Poetry East, and Texas Review.


His book of poems Wild Card was the winner of the 1989 Columbia Prize for poetry judged by Howard Nemerov.[6] He was also the recipient of the 1992 Poet Lore Narrative Poetry Award.[1]


Books* 'A Way To Home: New and Selected Poems,' (Poets Choice Publishing, 2017) ISBN 978-0-9972629-2-6


  • Sam Hamill, Sally Anderson, eds. (2003). "Army Burn Ward". Poets against the War. Thunder's Mouth Press. ISBN 978-1-56025-539-0. 
  • James Tate, David Lehman, eds. (1997). "Introductions". The Best American Poetry 1997. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 978-0-684-81452-0. 
  • "The Poet Upstairs", Washington Writers Publishing House, 1997;
  • "70 on the 70's", Ashland College, 1981;
  • "Anthology of Magazine Verse", Los Angeles, 1981, 1983, 1985;
  • "Songs from Unsung Worlds", Boston, 1985;


  1. ^ a b c "biography". Writer's Center. 
  2. ^ Profile,; accessed June 10, 2014.
  3. ^ Profile,; accessed June 10, 2014.
  4. ^ "The Atlantic Monthly". August 1998. 
  5. ^ "Delaware Poetry Review 2007". 
  6. ^ "Poet and the Poem". Library of Congress. 

External links[edit]

"[[ Innisfree 15, fall 2012. A Closer Look: Martin Galvin, plus a selection of 20 poems.