Christopher Martin, the 2018 Georgia Author of the Year in Memoir, is author of This Gladdening Light: An Ecology of Fatherhood and Faith, published by Mercer University Press and recipient of the Will D. Campbell Award in Creative Nonfiction. He is also author of three poetry chapbooks. A contributing editor at New Southerner and the founding editor of Flycatcher, Chris teaches English at Kennesaw State University and creative nonfiction at the Appalachian Young Writers Workshop. His work appears in publications across the country. He is available for readings, workshops, and other literary events. Chris holds an MA in Professional Writing from Kennesaw State and was recently named the program's 2018 Distinguished Alumnus.
Chris's profile at Poets & Writers /// Chris's interview at the Literary Atlanta Podcast /// This Gladdening Light in the AJC's "best and brightest Southern books for summer 2017" /// Chris's conversation with ArtsATL
Writing samples available at clippings.me/christophermartin
Praise for This Gladdening Light
With the eye of a poet and heart of a saint, Christopher Martin explores a theology of love in this honest, gritty, and transcendent book. /// Janisse Ray, author of Ecology of a Cracker Childhood and The Seed Underground
It is extraordinary that this insightful work comes from a young writer, whose reflections on religion, nature, literature, and family create a synthesis of ideas and imagery that is as pleasurable to read as it is effecting. /// Anthony Grooms, author of The Vain Conversation and Bombingham
Steeped in the physical and political environs of the American south and spiritually inheriting from both Thoreau's Walden and Ray's Ecology of a Cracker Childhood, This Gladdening Light is a poignant, lyrical, and heartfelt expression of the divinity within our planet and ourselves. /// Guatam Narula, author of Remain Free
Author photo by Cannon Martin (7), taken at Howard Finster's Paradise Garden