Amelia Martens

Poet

4810 Alben Barkley Dr.
Paducah, KY 42001

Author's Bio

AMELIA MARTENS is the author of The Spoons in the Grass are There To Dig a Moat (2016), a book of prose poems, selected by Sarabande Books for the 2014 Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature. She received both an MFA in Creative Writing and an MS in Literacy, Culture, and Language Education from Indiana University and currently teaches as an First Year Experience instructor for West Kentucky Community & Technical College, where she is also the Associate Literary Editor for WKCTC’s Exit 7: A Journal of Literature and Art. Her work has been supported by a 2019 Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council, a Sustainable Arts Fellowship to Rivendell Writer’s Colony in 2017, an Artist Enrichment Grant from the Kentucky Foundation for Women in 2016, and an Emerging Artist Grant from the Kentucky Arts Council in 2011. She is a recent Pushcart nominee and the author of four poetry chapbooks:  Ursa Minor (winner of the 2017 Prose Poetry Prize from elsewhere magazine, 2018), A Series of Faults (Finishing Line Press, 2014), Clatter (Floating Wolf Quarterly, 2013), and Purgatory (winner of the Spring 2010 Black River Chapbook competition; Black Lawrence Press, 2012). Her new poems appear, or are forthcoming in: Cave Wall,  Pidgeonholes, Plume, Diode, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and Ninth Letter. She is married to the poet Britton Shurley; they have two smart/beautiful/brave daughters and a ridiculous dog. 

Publications & Prizes

Book:
The Spoons in the Grass are There to Dig a Moat (Sarabande Books, 2016)
Chapbooks:
A Series of Faults (Finishing Line Press, 2014)
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Purgatory (Black Lawrence Press, 2012)
Prizes won: 

2019 Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council, 2017 Prose Poetry Prize from Elsewhere Magazine, 2017 Sustainable Arts Fellowship to Rivendell Writer's Colony, 2016 Artist Enrichment Grant from the Kentucky Foundations for Women, 2014 Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature, Sarabande Books; Spring 2010 Black River Chapbook competition, Black Lawrence Press; 2010 Emerging Artist Grant from the Kentucky Arts Council.

More Information

Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Prefers to work with: 
Any
Fluent in: 
English
Born in: 
Puyallup
Raised in: 
Ventura, CA
California
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Last update: May 03, 2019