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Philip Martin

Philip Martin is best known as the chief film critic and a columnist for Arkansas's largest daily newspaper, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. He edits the newspaper film-oriented Friday Style section


Martin has worked for the newspaper since 1993, covering a wide variety of topics, including politics and sports, but he is primarily known as a cultural critic. He has written two books of essays, The Shortstop's Son and The Artifical Southerner, and, with Rex Nelson, a biography of Hillary Clinton, The Hillary Factor

His latest book, The President Next Door: Poems, Songs and Journalism, has just been published by Et Alia Press. 

Martin has won more than 40 regional and national awards for his columns at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, including two Green Eyeshade Awards and five Great Plains Journalism Awards. 

Martin is also a songwriter who won the 1981 Kentucky Fried Chicken National Songwriting contest, which led to an appearance on The Merv Griffin Show. He has released two albums of original music, Gastonia (2013) and Euclid Avenue (2014) on his own label, strangepup records.  Dog Justice, his third album, is scheduled for release in late 2016. 

Martin lives in Little Rock's Hillcrest neighborhood with his wife (and editor) Karen, and three rescued terriers.