AMELIA MARTENS grew up in Ventura CA. and received an MFA in Creative Writing from Indiana University. At work on her first collection of poems, she has taught as an adjunct instructor at West Kentucky Community & Technical College since 2007. A co-founder of the Rivertown Reading Series, she also received an Emerging Artist Grant from the Kentucky Arts Council in 2010. She is a recent Pushcart nominee and 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. Her first poetry chapbook, Purgatory, was the winner of the Spring 2010 Black River Chapbook competition and was published by Black Lawrence Press in 2012. . A second poetry chapbook, Clatter, is concerned with an exiled Santa Claus, and was published 2013 by Floating Wolf Quarterly (available online). Her third chapbook, A Series of Faults was published in 2014 by Finishing Line Press. She is married to the poet Britton Shurley; they have two smart/beautiful/brave daughters and a ridiculous dog.