Martin Riker


I grew up in Central Pennsylvania and worked as a musician for most of my twenties—piano and trombone—then eventually switched my profession from music to literature. I spent most of my thirties in nonprofit literary publishing: I was an editor for the Review of Contemporary Fiction, Associate Director of Dalkey Archive Press, and the founding managing editor of CONTEXT: A Forum for Literary Arts and Culture. Somewhere in there, I got a PhD. In 2009 I cofounded, with my wife Danielle, the feminist publishing house Dorothy, a publishing project. Each fall, we bring out two books together; over the years we have published some incredible books and authors.

I have written two novels: The Guest Lecture (Grove Press, 2023), and Samuel Johnson's Eternal Return (CHP, 2018). I also contribute reviews, interviews, and criticism to publications including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Paris Review Daily. By day, I teach courses in literature, criticism, and publishing in the English Department at Washington University in St. Louis.


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