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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 debut 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 transitional education classes 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 also 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, 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, Connecticut Review, Epicenter, Kudzu, pacificREVIEW, Slipstream, The Madison Review, Whiskey Island, and Willow Springs. She is married to the poet Britton Shurley; they have two smart/beautiful/brave daughters and a ridiculous dog. 

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  1. Bethany Armstong says:

    Hey Amelia…. This is Katie and Dylan’s grind in Atlanta….she shared about your poetry workshop soon? I’d like to learn more about it….

    • amartens0001 says:

      Hi Bethany,

      We love Dylan and Katie! I’m so sorry it has taken me this long to respond to your message; we run Rivertown Reading Series in Paducah. This weekend poets Travis Mossotti and Jonathan Travelstead will be reading for us at Ruth Baggett’s gallery. We host two readings in the Spring and Fall semesters. We haven’t conducted a workshop in a few years, but we’ve been kicking the idea around. What do you write? If you’ve got some pieces to submit, check out Exit 7: A Journal of Literature and Art http://westkentucky.kctcs.edu/en/student_life/exit7.aspx (I help Britton run this journal out of the community college in town).

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