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Hugh Martin's full-length collection of poetry, The Stick Soldiers was the winner of the 2011 A. Poulin Jr. Poetry Prize. The book was published by BOA Editions, Ltd. in March 2013.

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In Country  (BOA Editions, Ltd., 2018). Forthcoming.

The Stick Soldiers: Winner of the 2011 A. Poulin Jr. Poetry Prize, BOA Editions, Ltd.  (selected by Cornelius Eady) and finalist for the 2011 Yale Series of Younger Poets.

So, How Was the War? Winner of the 2008 Wick Student Chapbook Competition (selected by Maggie Anderson), published in March, 2010, Kent State University Press.

Essay Daily: "An Iraq War Veteran Reads the Iraq War."

Black Warrior Review: "Three Great Lyric Passages."

Grantland, June 10, 2014 : "Cheering LeBron in Jalula."

The Rumpus, Sept. 11, 2013:"First-Class Guilt."

The New York Times'
"At War" blog, March 20, 2013: "Longing for the Test of War as a Young Man."

The New York Times "At War" blog, Aug. 27, 2012: "Learning a Language, and Relearning a Country." 

Army Times, Dec. 31, 2007: "Iraq's Many Faces."


Southern Humanities Review: "The American War," "Man on a Cart" (forthcoming).

The New Yorker, Feb. 1, 2016:  ".50-Cal. Gunner."

TriQuarterly: "Service." 

Mille-Feuille , Spring 2014, (Re-printed from The Stick Soldiers and translated into French):“M16 A2 Assault Rifle,” “The Range,” “Barracks Dream,” “This Morning, We Carry Body Bags.”

Inquiring Mind , Spring 2014, Vol. 30, No. 2 (reprinted from The Stick Soldiers):This Morning, We Carry Body Bags,” “Responding to an Explosion in Qarah Tappah,” “The Summer of Crawling.”

The New Republic: “The American War.” (forthcoming.)

The New Republic, August 25, 2014: “Burn Detail.”

Labor: A Working Class History of the Americas, Volume 11, No. 3, Fall 2014: “The Perimeter, FOB Cobra,” “The Night of the Fire,” “After a Ten-Day Field-Training Exercise,” “Kandahar Nocturne,” “Person of the Year,” “Morale, Welfare, & Recreation,” “Civilian Poem.”

Verse Daily : “The Stick Soldiers,” May 18, 2013.

Connotation Press: An Online Artifact ( A Poetry Congeries feature), Sept. 1, 2013.: “Fifty-Caliber Scarf,” “Ohio High-Life,” “Wave of Bombings.”

FIELD , #89, Fall 2013: “The Leg,” “Frisking Two Men in Sadiyah.”

The Iowa Review, Volume 43, Number 1, Spring 2013, Winner of the Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans: “Foot Patrol,” “Intravenous,” “Nocturne with IED,” “Ares,” “Winter, Kurdistan,” “The Neck in Front of You,” “Test Fire,” “The Tunnel at Red Creek,” “Memorial Day,” “Lieutenant Graves at La Bourse,” “Operation New Dawn.”

The New Republic , Oct. 25, 2012: “ The Jalula Market.”

Another Chicago Magazine: “Nostos: Quinn’s Bar, Cleveland Heights.”

2012 Robinson Jeffers Tor House Prize for Poetry, Honorable Mention: “Sorrow Awareness Training.”  

Michigan Quarterly Review: “Nights in the Quadrilateral Pool of Sawdust and Sweat,” “The Range,” “The Summer of Crawling,” “Desert Nocturne,” “The First Engagement,” “Barracks Dream,” “Demobilization.”

Blackbird : “Ways of Looking at an IED,” “Site 947: A Situation Report,” “The Burn Pit Detail at FOB Cobra.”

Concert at Chopin’s House II: A Collection of Polish-American Writing :  Ed. Minczeski, John:  “The Rocket.” (forthcoming).

Winning Writers 2011 War Poetry Contest, Finalist: “Firework Elegy,” “First Snow.”

Crazyhorse , Number 80, Fall 2011 : “Sonnet, M16 A2 Assault Rifle.”

The Kenyon Review online, Winter 2012.“This Morning, We Carry Body Bags.”

The Kenyon Review, Spring 2012, Vol. XXXIV, No. 2: “Spring in Jalula.”

Narrative , Spring 2012: “Traffic Control Point,” “Home From Iraq, Larry’s Tavern.”

Connecticut River Review , 2011: “Stateside Aubade,” “After Icarus: Poem to Stanley’s Mother”, Responses to Japan Earthquake and Tsunami 2011: “The Horse of Higashi-Matsushima.”  
7th Avenue Streetscape Series, Phoenix, Arizona: “Nocturne with Sandstorm.”

Alaska Quarterly Review, Fall & Winter 2011, Vol. 28, No. 3-4: “After Curfew.”

Tygerburning Literary Journal : “Full Moon, M2 Machine-Gun,” “Kentucky Clouds Over the Green-Eyed Monster,” “Simulated Mission,” “Pictures of the War,” “Causeway Overwatch.” (forthcoming).

River Styx 85, honorable mention in the Schlafly Micro-Brew Micro-Fiction Contest:   “Three Months Before we Ship to Iraq.”

War, Literature & the Arts : “Responding to an Explosion in Qarah Tappah,” “The Raid.”(forthcoming).

The American Poetry Review , Vol. 41/NO. 2, March/April 2012: “The Stick Soldiers,” and “Doc’s Kill.”

Nashville Review , Fall 2010: “Four-Letter Word.”

Willow Springs 67, Spring 2011: “Friday Night, FOB Cobra,” and “Observation Post.”

Third Coast, Fall 2011: “Sunday Morning, After Patrol in the Combat Housing Unit.”

Gargoyle 57: “Home From Iraq, Eating Dinner.”

Mid-American Review , March 2010,Volume XXX, Numbers 1 & 2: “The War Was Good, Thank You.”

Consequence Magazine, Volume 2, Issue 1: “Candy,” “Green Dreams,” “First Time Back, Atlanta International Airport.”