Philip Martin is the Chief Film Critic, Features Editor and a columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
In 25 years at the Democrat-Gazette, Martin has won more than 50 national and regional prizes for his criticism and columns, including two Green Eyeshade Awards and four Great Plains Journalism Awards. His work has been featured in Newsweek, the Village Voice, New Times and many other publications. He is the author of the books The President Next Door: Songs, Poems and Journalism (Et Alia Press, 2015); The Artificial Southerner: Equivocations and Love Songs, (University of Arkansas Press, 2001); The Shortstops Son: Essays and Journalism (University of Arkansas Press, 1997) and the co-author, with Rex Nelson, of The Hillary Factor (Gallen Group, 1995.) He also contributed a lengthy essay to Wayne Stengel’s Talking About Pauline Kael (Scarecrow Press, 2015).
A past president of SEFCA, Martin is also an award-winning singer-songwriter. His latest album, Something for the Pain was released by strangepup music in 2017.
In his journalistic career, Martin has been a sportswriter, a criminal investigator, a political columnist, a sports editor, the executive editor of an alternative weekly and a newspaper executive in charge of a small chain. Before that he played a season of professional baseball. He lives in the Hillcrest neighborhood of Little Rock with his wife Karen and three rescued terriers, Paris, Dublin and Audi.