On September 15, Amelia Martens will be reading as a part of the Spalding at 21c: Voice and Vision Literary Series. She will be reading alongside authors Jeanne Hammond, Sean Patrick Hill, and Lisa Williams as well as playwright Larry Muhammad and Spalding MFA Alumni Drew Pomeroy and Martin Jennings. The reading series will start at 6:00 PM at 21c Museum Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky.
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 chapbooks Purgatory (winner of the Spring 2010 Black River Chapbook competition, published by Black Lawrence Press in 2012), Clatter (Floating Wolf Quarterly, 2013), and A Series of Faults (Finishing Line Press, 2014). 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.