Martha Pitts grew up in New Orleans, LA. She attended Princeton University, graduating in 2001 with a bachelor’s in English and creative writing. At Princeton, she studied poetry with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa, who also directed her thesis, a poetry collection entitled “Glutton.” At Princeton, she wrote for The Daily Princetonian and published work with the Nassau Literary Review, the second oldest undergraduate literary magazine in the nation.
Martha earned her doctorate in English, as well as a graduate certificate in women’s and gender studies, from Louisiana State University. Since then, she has taught at Georgetown, Howard, Towson, and Fairleigh Dickinson University. She has been selected to participate in two National Endowment for the Humanities summer institutes and has presented papers at several conferences. Her work has appeared in edited collections and publications such as the Washington City Paper and The Times-Picayune.
Martha has served as a diversity practitioner at St. Paul’s School for Girls in Maryland, and she is a member of the University of Michigan’s Diversity Scholars Network. She has also participated in the Bread Loaf Writers' Workshop.
At St. Andrew’s, Martha teaches English. She is the proud mother of Olivia and Abraham Perry and a dog named Bruno.