Poetry. "More and more while judging this contest I found myself drawn to Martin Ott's CAPTIVE and compelled to read and re-read the pages. No explanatory notes, no stanza breaks to ease the way, no gimmicks or prettiness of form. Instead, consistently tough, unwavering poems displaying a wide knowledge of the world—its brutality and beauty—and a keen, appreciative eye on the hard-won pleasures of the personal and private. I encourage the reader to jump headfirst into these poems, to rise to their challenge, listen to their haunting truths, and celebrate their song."—Gaylord Brewer, De Novo Prize Judge
A former US Army interrogator and longtime resident of Los Angeles, Martin Ott has published eight books of poetry and fiction, most recently FAKE NEWS POEMS (BlazeVOX [books], 2019) and LESSONS IN CAMOUFLAGE (C&R Press, 2018). His first two poetry collections won the De Novo and Sandeen Prizes. His work has appeared in more than two hundred magazines and fifteen anthologies.
Author City: LOS ANGELES, CA USA