Professional Bio


  • PhD, Creative Writing, Literature, Poetry, Creative Writing Program, University of Houston
  • Master of Arts, Philosophy, Stanford University
  • Denver Center Theatre Company, the Playwrights’ Unit (yearlong workshop at the Denver Center)
  • Master of Arts, English, St. Mary’s University, San Antonio
  • Bachelor of Arts, Special Education, University of Northern Colorado

Martin McGovern earned his master's degree in Philosophy at Stanford and his Ph.D. in Creative Writing (Poetry) at The University of Houston. He also spent a year studying in the Denver Center Theatre Company’s Playwrights Unit. Working in poetry and playwriting, Marty taught for the University of Houston Honors College and started the MA Creative Writing for Regis University’s College for Professional Studies in 2008; he co-founded and was Associate Artistic Director with The Urban Theatre Project in Houston and Ad Hoc Theatre in Denver, the two troupes specializing in turning non-theatre spaces into theatres and producing classical theatre, modern/contemporary classics (such as “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” and “Fool for Love”), and new work. McGovern was also Artistic Director of Denver’s Tír na nÓg: An Irish Theatre Company. 

Martin’s poetry, essays, and reviews have appeared in The New Republic, Poetry, Hotel Amerika, Shenandoah, The Denver Quarterly, the Chicago, Kenyon, and Sewanee reviews, and elsewhere. His book of poetry, Bad Fame, was published in 2014 by Able Muse Press; McGovern’s play “Joseph K” was awarded the 2009 Denver Post Ovation Award for Best New Work. He is also author of the play “12 Gauge.” Marty’s co-interview of Czeslaw Milosz, originally appearing in Gulf Coast, was included, translated into Polish, in the authorized collection of the 1980 Nobel Laureate’s work. McGovern is very happy to be the father of eight-year-old Gabriel Synge McGovern and happy to be back in Colorado to help make it the best darn writing state in the country.