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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 & TechnicDSCN1782al 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. 





3 thoughts on “About

  1. gary says:

    hey Amelia, Eatonville calling. talked to mom and dad yesterday, and they said you had this website, so my thinking is maybe this is one way to thank you for the Christmas card and say hi. there is a big football game shortly and I need to absorb all the pregame nonsense so i’ll sign out for now. take care and say hi to brit.

  2. Kristen says:

    Amelia! Just saw, in my overflooded inbox, a thing from BLP that mentioned your Purgatory book. It looks BEAUTIFUL, and I’m very excited to check it out (i.e. read it) for myself. Anyway. I live and teach in Cincinnati now at Xavier. And still write poetry, of course. I’d love to catch up with you and Britton at some point. But, till then, just know that seeing your name on this book in my email made me giddy!


    Kristen Renzi

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