Poetry Reading by KY Arts Council Al Smith Fellowship Recipients
Bill Ford Gallery, Paducah School of Art and Design
905 Harrison Street, Paducah, Kentucky, 42001
About the Event: Amelia Martens and Pamela Johnson Parker will both be reading their work at the West Kentucky Community and Technical College Paducah School of Art and Design. Free and open to the public!
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.
Praise for The Spoons in the Grass Are There to Dig a Moat:
"Whether she is proffering chilling indications of an apocalypse, agonizing over an earnest apology, or conjuring the latent melancholy of bedtime, [Martens] remains both playful and precise, at once whimsical and commanding.... As tangible as it is surreal."
“Martens’s stripped-down language is her greatest asset, finding expression in ‘an ache shaped like a sunflower’. . . the personal touches soar, evidence of a solid poet finding her voice.”
"Amelia Martens’ richly imaginative first book. . .will likely be one of this year’s best debuts. . . .Grim assessments, juxtaposed with domestic studies that celebrate the whimsy and innocence of young daughters, render The Spoons in the Grass Are There to Dig a Moat a dizzying little book that yearns for escapism even as it insists on documenting our self-destruction. . . .Wondrous imagination, political astuteness, and refreshingly original voice."