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AMELIA MARTENS is the author of The Spoons in the Grass are There To Dig a Moat (April 2016), a book of prose poems, selected by Sarabande Books for the 2014 Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature. She received both an MFA in Creative Writing and an MS in Literacy, Culture, and Language Education from Indiana University and currently teaches 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 was awarded a 2016 Artist Enrichment Grant from the Kentucky Foundation for Women and Emerging Artist Grant from the Kentucky Arts Council in 2011. 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 appear, or are forthcoming in, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Ninth Letter, and The American Journal of Poetry. She is married to the poet Britton Shurley; they have two smart/beautiful/brave daughters and a ridiculous dog.