by Public Relations Office
Cedarville, Ohio - Cedarville University's language and literature department will present nationally recognized poet and performer, Dr. Herbert Woodward Martin, Monday, February 18 at 7 p.m., in the Dixon Ministry Center Recital Hall. Martin, poet-in-residence at the University of Dayton, has authored six volumes of poetry, the last of which earned him the 1999 Mellen Poetry Prize for his long poem, "The Log of the Vigilante." Because of his tremendous contributions to his field, Martin will be presented the 2002 Ohio Governor's award for Individual Artist in March. Martin's performance will highlight the works of Paul Laurence Dunbar. As one of the first nationally recognized African-American poets in the late nineteenth century, Dunbar, a Dayton native, published several books of poetry as well as short stories, novels, librettos, songs, and essays before his death at age 33 of tuberculosis. Martin's most recent book, In His Own Voice, compiles many of Dunbar's works. Stephen Burd of the Chronicle of Higher Education writes that Martin "brings Dunbar vibrantly to life." Dressed in turn-of-the-century garb and bearing an incredible likeness to Dunbar himself, Martin is guaranteed to entertain and challenge his Cedarville audience. At the end of his performance, Martin will also read some of his own nationally recognized poetry. The performance is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the language and literature department at 937-766-7740.