Department of English

Martha Witt, M.F.A., Ed.D


Office: Preakness Hall 325
Phone: 973-720-3052
Office Hours: see link on menu

Department: English
Position: Professor

Area Specialization
Creative Writing, Fiction


Martha Witt is the author of the novel, Broken as Things Are (Holt; 2004/Picador; 2005). In collaboration with Mary Ann Frese Witt, she translated Luigi Pirandello's plays Six Characters in Search of an Author (Italica Press, 2013), as well as Henry IV and The License (Italica Press 2015). Their newest translation, Ivy, by Grazia Deledda, was published by Italica Press in February, 2019.

Her short fiction has appeared in anthologies such as The Literature of Tomorrow (Holt, 1990) and This Is Not Chick Lit (Random House, 2006) as well as in several national and international literary journals, including One Story Magazine, Chattahoochee Review, The Literary Review, Boulevard Magazine, Harpur Palate, Italian American Magazine, and others. She is the recipient of a Thomas J. Watson Traveling Fellowship, a Spencer Fellowship for Writing and Research, a Walter E. Dakin Fellowship, a New York Times Fellowship, and a McCracken Fellowship. She has been awarded several residencies at Yaddo, Ragdale, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Elea Wassard artist colonies. As a translator, she was awarded a residency at the Casa delle Traduzioni in Rome. Raised in Hillsborough, NC, she received an MA from Johns Hopkins University, an MFA from New York University, and a doctoral degree from Teachers College at Columbia University. She currently lives in New York City.