Matthew Baker


Depending on whom you ask, Michael Martone is either contemporary literature's most notorious prankster, innovator, or mutineer. In 1988 his AAP membership was briefly revoked after Martone published his first two books -- a "prose" collection titled Alive and Dead in Indiana and a "poetry" collection titled Seeing Eye -- which, aside from Seeing Eye's line breaks, were word-for-word identical. His membership to the Society of Scottish Novelists was revoked in 1991 after SSN discovered that, while Martone's registered nom de plume had been "born" in Edinburgh, Martone himself had never been to Scotland. His AWP membership was revoked in 2007, reinstated in 2008, and revoked again in 2010.