Poet / Writer
Poet, editor, and journalist Rodger Martin dedicates his work to bring the "Power of the Word" to audiences of all persuasions. His workshops and performances can incorporate music, song, mask, and costume to enhance the language's rich oral tradition. Martin's work has received recognition and translation in China as the founder of the Monadnock Pastoral School of Poetry. Here it has earned fellowships in fiction, and New Works awards from the NH State Council on the Arts and Pushcart poetry nominations from both The Worcester Review and Entelechy International. He has received the poetry award from Appalachia, two NEH Fellowships including one to study poetry at Oxford University, and a Council for Basic Education Fellowship for critical work on Paradise Lost. Under Martin's editing tenure at The Worcester Review the journal has received an NEA award and grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. He is the author of two poetry collections, The Battlefield Guide (Hobblebush: 2010) and The Blue Moon Series (Hobblebush: 2007), both of which have gone into a second printing. He directs the Milton Ensemble, which has produced dramatic reading booklets, CDs, and DVDs for all twelve books of Miltonís Paradise Lost. Regarding his Arts in Health Care work, Rodger has provided creative writing and poetry performance workshops with residents recovering from brain trauma at The Krempels Institute in Portsmouth. Additionally he has worked with veterans dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder (providing both readings centered on war, beginning with Homerís Odyssey, and creative writing workshops designed to provide soldiers a creative outlet for the stress imposed by war). He has also worked with the elderly at the Bennington Veterans Home in Bennington, Vermont. In most of Rodgerís workshops, he provides a multi-sensory approach to writing so that it is not just a reaction to the eye but also to the ear and sense of touch. Martin teaches journalism at Keene State College and advises its national award-winning newspaper, The Equinox.
offered: Performances; lecture-demonstrations workshops, master classes; residencies; day programs; multi-day programs; programs for staff; Veteran's programs on Art and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Literature and War, and Reality and Myth. Note: Rodger, along with other literary artists on the roster, is part of the Writers, Reading collaborative. Members perform solo or in a group focusing on a theme (e.g., Mothers and Daughters, Fathers and Sons, The Comedy Connection, We Go to the Dump Too). A brochure describing Writers, Reading artists and programs is available by contacting Rebecca Rule at 603/942-8174.
statewide, year round
Negotiable dependent upon non-profit status of organization please include a travel expense. Preferred guidelines: Performances: $150; Workshops and Lecture-Demonstrations: $200; School Residencies: $250/day plus expenses; Community Residencies: $200/day; Music and ensemble performances require $150 per ensemble member plus travel expenses.
30 North Rd
Hancock, NH 03449
The Battlefield Guide can involve an acoustic trio and the poet. Milton Ensemble performances of various books from Paradise Lost usually involve 6-8 readers plus a musician and for some books, two singers but can also involve Rodger directing a local community group. Rodger is on the Arts in Education Roster as well as the Arts in Health Artist Directory.