Profile

Lee Martin’s latest novel, Yours, Jean (2020), uses a 1950s true crime to explore “small town manners and the loneliness that drives people to do things they never imagined.” His five previous novels are The Bright Forever, a finalist for the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction; River of HeavenQuakertownBreak the Skin; and Late One Night.

In 2021 Lee added Gone the Hard Road to his body of memoirs that includes From Our HouseTurning Bones, and Such a Life. He is also the author of two short story collections, The Mutual UFO Network and The Least You Need To Know, his debut book publication. He is the co-editor of Passing the Word: Writers on Their Mentors and the author of a craft book, Telling Stories: The Craft of Narrative and the Writing Life. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in such places as Harper’s, Ms., Creative Nonfiction, The Georgia Review, The Kenyon Review, Fourth Genre, River Teeth, The Southern Review, Prairie Schooner, Glimmer Train, The Best American Essays, and The Best American Mystery Stories. He is the winner of the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ohio Arts Council. He teaches in the MFA Program at The Ohio State University, where he is a College of Arts & Sciences Distinguished Professor, and where he was also the winner of the 2006 Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching. He has long served on the Postgrad Conference faculty, alternating between Novel and Creative Nonfiction.