Juanita J. Martin

Poet, Spoken Word Artist

Fairfield, CA 94533

Author's Bio

Juanita J. Martin is Fairfield California's first poet laureate, 2010-2012. She's a freelance writer and performance artist. Her poetry book The Lighthouse Beckons was accepted in the Solano County Library. She is a member of Ina Coolbrith Circle, Benicia First Tuesday Poets, Poets and Writers, and formerly Redwood Writers 2007-2010. She has been a featured reader in the Beat Poetry Festival, Petaluma Poetry Walk, Berkeley Poetry Festival and Healdsburg Literary Guild. Juanita was a finalist judge in the Jessamyn West Poetry Contest for Napa Valley College.  Juanita is also a contributing writer with Sonoma Discoveries Magazine in Sonoma County.

Publications & Prizes


Marin Poetry Center Volume 13 (Marin Poetry Center Press, 2010)
Blue Collar Review (Partisan Press, 2009)
Mariposa 17 (Haiku Poets of Northern California, 2007)
The Gathering Nine (Small Poetry Press, 2007)
Bay Area Poets Seasonal Review
Rattlesnake Review
SoMa Literary Review
Street Spirit

Spoken Word

Berkeley Poetry Festival (2013)
Prizes won: 

2011 National Poet Laureate Honor Scroll Award

More Information

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African American
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Born in: 
Vineland, NJ
New Jersey
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New Jersey
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Last update: Jun 21, 2019