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

Cofounder & Codirector of the Mile-High MFA, Martin McGovern earned his MA in Philosophy at Stanford and his PhD in Creative Writing/Literature in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Houston. His 2015 poetry collection Bad Fame was a Finalist for the Colorado Book Award, and his poetry, essays and reviews have appeared in The New Republic, Poetry, Denver Quarterly, The Antioch Review, the Chicago, Kenyon, and Sewanee Reviews, and elsewhere. McGovern cofounded The Urban Theater Company in Houston and, in Denver, was Associate Artistic Director of Ad Hoc Theater and Artistic Director of Tir Na nOg: An Irish Theater. His play “Joseph K” received the 2009 Denver Post Ovation Award for Best New Work. Having taught at Regis University’s College for Professional Studies and College for Contemporary Liberal Studies since 2007, McGovern started their MA Creative Writing and MA Literature programs. Marty is spending part of his early Summer ’19 transcribing his interview of poet and president of the Guggenheim Foundation Edward Hirsch.