Paul Laurence Dunbar: Common Ground
(b.1933) Herbert Woodward Martin is a prize-winning poet and performer, an actor and playwright, a singer and opera librettist, a professor, and a scholar originally from Birmingham, Alabama. He began his studies at the University of Toledo. He continued them at SUNY at Buffalo, then at Middlebury College, and finished at Carnegie Mellon University. He came to the University of Dayton in the fall of 1970 where he has spent the bulk of his career here and is now a Professor Emeritus. He served as professor of English and poet-in-residence at the University of Dayton for more than three decades where he taught creative writing and African-American literature. The exceptions occurred in 1973 when he served as a distinguished visiting professor at Central Michigan University, and in 1990, when he was a Fulbright Scholar in Hungary. He has devoted decades to editing and giving performances of the works of the poet and novelist Paul Laurence Dunbar. He is also the editor of four books as well as the author of nine volumes of poetry.
Martin, Herbert Woodward and Hailstrok, Adolphus, "Paul Laurence Dunbar: Common Ground" (2017). Dunbar Music Archive. 357.