Martin Ott


Lessons in Camouflage - Now Available from C&R Press

LESSONS IN CAMOUFLAGE, the third poetry book from Sandeen and De Novo prize winning author Martin Ott, explores the hidden reservoirs of his life as an interrogator, divorced father, and estranged son to a dying mother, all with an eye on truths easy to conceal and sometimes painful to reveal. 

Lessons in Camouflage, Poetry, C&R Press 

“In Lessons in Camouflage, Marin Ott invites readers to discover much strange beauty in mundane domesticities. Ott’s great gift in this collection is to make the familiar seen in all its depth and complexity. This book takes readers fully and vividly into the inner life of a young military recruit, and then later, a father, and beyond that, a grieving son. We may think we know these stories, but what we think we know is mere camouflage – this book helps us see through the obfuscating veils into the clarity of a beating human heart. "

- Kathryn Nuernberger, author of The End of Pink

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Publisher Spotlight - The Normal School

Please check out California Is Sinking now online at The Normal School, a prose poem from my current poetry collection in progress. The poem is also featured in Coiled Serpent, Poets Arising from the cultural quakes and shifts of Los Angeles, Tia Chucha Press. 

My Blog - Writeliving

Writeliving, a blog for writers, has drawn 25,000+ visitors from 100+ countries, featuring tips, writing spotlights, guest posts, and interviews with authors such as George Saunders, Ellen Bass, Robert Pinsky, Pam Houston, Campbell McGrath, Richard Garcia, C.Dale Young, Jane Smiley, Edward Hirsch, Garrett Hongo, Marge Piercy, and Stephen Dobyns. 

About the Author

A former US Army interrogator and longtime resident of Los Angeles, Martin Ott has published eight books of poetry and fiction, most recently 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. Content is Martin’s passion – he works as a marcom professional and develops for TV and film in between other writing projects.