On Wednesday, May 4th, Amelia Martens will be reading from her new book of poetry, The Spoons in the Grass are There to Dig a Moat, at Porchlight Coffee and Books in Seattle, WA. She will be joined by poet Gary Copeland Lilley and local Seattle poets Jane Wong, Matthew Kelsey, Chelsea Werner-Jatzke, Benjamin Schmitt, and Sasha LaPointe. The event will begin at 6:30 pm.
Amelia Martens's prose poems reveal expansive ideas in compressed language. From the domestic to the geopolitical, from the mundane to the miraculous, from heartbreak to hilarity, these brief vignettes take the form of prayers, parables, confessions, and revelations. Intimate and urgent, Martens's poems are strange, darkly funny, and utterly beguiling.
Amelia Martens is the author of the chapbooksPurgatory (winner of the Spring 2010 Black River Chapbook competition), Clatter, and A Series of Faults. Her poems have appeared in such journals as Cold Mountain Review, The Connecticut Review, and The Madison Review, among others. Martens received an MFA in Creative Writing from Indiana University and lives in Paducah, Kentucky, where she teaches at West Kentucky Community & Technical College. A co-founder of the Rivertown Reading Series, she received an Emerging Artist Grant from the Kentucky Arts Council in 2010.