(Photo Credit: Emily Margaret Okerson)

AMELIA MARTENS is an identical twin who grew up in Ventura CA.. She has received both an MFA in Creative Writing and an MS in Literacy, Culture, and Language Education from Indiana University. Her poetry collection, The Spoons in the Grass are There To Dig a Moat, was selected by Sarabande Books for the 2014 Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature and will be published in April 2016. She currently teaches English, humanities, and transition education courses as an adjunct 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. A co-founder of the Rivertown Reading Series, Amelia received an Emerging Artist Grant from the Kentucky Arts Council in 2010. She is a recent Pushcart nominee, and the author of three poetry chapbooks:  Purgatory (winner of the Spring 2010 Black River Chapbook competition; Black Lawrence Press, 2012), Clatter (Floating Wolf Quarterly, 2013), and A Series of Faults (Finishing Line Press, 2014). Her new poems are forthcoming in Southern Humanities Review, South Dakota Review, and The Hampden-Syndey Poetry Review.  She is married to the poet Britton Shurley; they have two smart/beautiful/brave daughters and a ridiculous dog.