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Charles Martin, a noted poet, critic and translator, was born in New York City in 1942 and grew up in the Bronx. He graduated from Fordham University and received his Ph.D from the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York. He now teaches at the City University of New York and Syracuse University.
Martin's specialty is Latin poetry. He is the author of two widely acclaimed translations: The Poems of Catullus (Johns Hopkins University Press 1990) and Ovid's Metamorphoses (W.W. Norton 2004). Martin has also published a scholarly book on Catullus called Catullus: A Critical Study (Yale University Press 1992). Martin's Ovid translation won the 2004 Harold Landon Translation Award from the Academy of American Poets.
Martin is also a prominent New Formalist, and was an original faculty member of the West Chester University Conference on Form and Narrative in Poetry. His books of original poetry include: Steal the Bacon (Johns Hopkins University Press 1987); What the Darkness Proposes (Johns Hopkins University Press 1996) and Starting from Sleep: New & Selected Poems (Overlook Press/Sewanee Writers Series 2002). He won the American Academy of Arts and Letters' 2005 Award for Literature, and he has also won Poetry's Bess Hokin Award and a Pushcart Prize.
He should not be confused with the football player of the same name. This Charles Martin was a defensive lineman famously suspended for unnecessary roughness on Bears quarterback Jim McMahon.
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