Amelia Martens

Literary Arts Experience                                            

Poetry Instructor                                                                                             June 16-23, 2018

The Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing

Invited by director Alexander Weinstein to teach two generative workshops, “Who’s on First: The Persona Poem at Play” and “The Pliable Prose Poem”, consult on student manuscripts, and give a reading during Week 2 of MVICW.

Poetry Instructor                                                                                            Nov. 10-11, 2017

15th Annual Millikin Literary Festival, Millikin University

Invited by Director Dr. Stephen Frech to teach a generative workshop class, give a craft talk, and offer a reading of my work to high school, college, and community festival attendees on the campus of Millikin University.


Craft Talk

University of Cincinnati Clermont, Batavia, OH.                                                   Oct. 2017

Invited by Professor Phoebe Reeves to discuss the process of manuscript development, revision, and the writing life with UC Cincinnati students


Poetry Instructor                                                                                                July 9-15, 2017

The Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing

Invited by director Alexander Weinstein to teach two generative workshops, “The Pliable Prose Poem” and “Big World, Little World: Poems that Matter”, consult on student manuscripts, and give a reading during Week 1 of MVICW.


“The Pliable Prose Poem”, Workshop Instructor                                                 June 2017

Open Books Poetry Emporium, Seattle WA.

Taught a one-day in-store generative workshop focused on the female history and current practices in the prose poem.


“Crossing Boundaries”, Panelist                                                                              Nov. 2016

Louisville Literary Arts, Writer’s Block Festival

Invited by the Board of Directors to participate on a panel focused on fluidity of forms with writers Erik Reece and Brandon Shatter.


“Exhilarating Highs and Terrifying Lows: Two Poets”, Panelist                     Oct. 2016

Southern Festival of Books

Invited to develop a panel with poet Tina Parker concerned with the complexities of poetic parenthood, feminism, and writing rituals.

Poetry Manuscript Consultant                                                                           2016-Present

Black Lawrence Press

Recruited by Executive Editor Diane Goettel to offer poetry consultations of folios, chapbooks, and full-length manuscripts through the press


Kentucky Rural Urban Exchange, Member                                                                   2016

Paducah, Harlan County, Lexington

Served as one of 80 participants from across Kentucky to create a network of integrated partnerships in key sectors (arts, health, social activism, business, and education) to address Kentucky’s social and economic future. Participants are matched across sectors and collaborate on a project over the two-year exchange cycle.


“The Art of the Chapbook”, Panelist                                                                        July 2016

MFA Summer Residency, Murray State University

Invited by MSU Creative Writing Program Director Ann Neelon to join Vandana Khanna and Amy Wright in a discussion of the chapbook relating to form, book arts, personal approach, and pedagogy practices.


Conference Class Instructor                                                                             June 4-8, 2016

Indiana University Writers’ Conference

Invited by Conference Director Bob Bledsoe to design a four-day class open to all genre participants of the conference. “MicroMacro: The Prose Poem as the Best Nest” focused on demystifying the prose poem, valuing marginalized voices, and generative exercises.


“Lay it on the Line” Panelist                                                                                    April 2016

Southern Kentucky Book Fest, Western Kentucky University

Participated by invitation at SOKY Book Fest and presented as part of a panel also featuring Kathleen Driskell, Leatha Kendrick, Jane Olmsted, and Tom Hunley.


Poetry Workshop Craft Discussion and Class Visit              April 2018 and April 2016

Indiana University

Invited by IU MFA Creative Writing Pedagogy Director Romayne Rubinas to meet with her undergraduate Advanced Poetry Workshop as part of their Living Authors Series, to discuss publishing, craft, and construction of a writing life.


Reviews Editor                                                                                                       2015-Present

Exit 7: A Journal of Literature and Art

Proposed adding reviews to Exit 7.  Solicitation of books, and crafting reviews of new poetry collections by women. Developed curriculum for student reviewers for use with chapbook reviews.


“Cultivating Creative Thinkers” Keynote Address                                              Sept. 2015

Two-Year College Association of Teachers of English-Southeast

Presented keynote address, at the Kentucky State Conference, which focused on integrating creativity into college classrooms and ways to advance creativity in expanded course offerings.

“Life after the MFA” Panelist                                                                                    July 2015

MFA Summer Residency, Murray State University

Invited by Director Ann Neelon to participant on a panel including fellow authors Nickole Brown, Gary Jackson, Katie Mullins, and Marcus Wicker. Panel focused on writing-life balance, building community, teaching options, free-lance opportunities, and panelists’ personal post-MFA experiences.


Panel Judge                                                                                                            2014-Present

Black Lawrence Press

Currently serve as a panel judge for the Black River Chapbook Competition, which involves a first-round reading of fifty poetry and fiction chapbook submissions, and a second-round reading of selected finalists.


Associate Literary Editor                                                                                     2012-Present

Exit 7: A Journal of Literature and Art

Work in collaboration with the founding editor, Britton Shurley, at West Kentucky Community and Technical College, to solicit and review submissions by established and emerging writers for an editorial process that is unique in its involvement of community college student editors.


Series Co-founder                                                                                               2009-Present

Rivertown Reading Series

Noted a lack of community literary activities in Paducah, Kentucky and created a series to highlight regionally and nationally published writers. Responsible for author bookings, promotion of readings through social media, and maintaining relationships with art gallery venues.




Book (poetry):

The Spoons in the Grass are There to Dig a Moat                                                               2016

2014 Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature

Sarabande Books


Chapbooks (poetry):


Ursa Minor                                                                                                                           2018

2017 Prose Chapbook Prize, selected by Lance Larsen

elsewhere magazine


A Series of Faults                                                                                                                  2014

Finishing Line Press



Clatter                                                                                                                                   2013

Floating Wolf Quarterly


Purgatory                                                                                                                              2012

Fall 2010 Black River Chapbook Competition winner

Black Lawrence Press


Individual Poems: 


“Morning Walk: September 11, 2018”

Hunger Mountain, Silence + Power Issue                                             (forthcoming, 2019)

“The 3 Properties of Wool”, “Making a Death Pit”

The Laurel Review                                                                                 (forthcoming, 2019)

“Sanctuaries Dissolve in Sepia Sunsets”

Cave Wall                                                                                              (forthcoming, 2019)

“Cooking in Ashes”

Plume                                                                                                                    Nov. 2018

“And Stephen Hawking is dead and we will bomb…”

“And Stephen Hawking is dead, but the whale…”

“And Stephen Hawking is dead and a pedestrian…”

pidgeonholes                                                                                                          June 2018

“Still in the 21st Century”, “Disaster Doesn’t Have to Be Spectacular”

The Fairy Tale Review, The Charcoal Issue                                                                  2018

“Upon Falling Through Ice”, “Determining Direction by Sun Alone”,

“When the Woods are Wet”

Tinderbox Poetry Journal                                                                                      Feb. 2018

“A Fat Baby Chews Plastic”, “Dear People of the Near Future”: flying cars

Medium, Spotlight #17                                                                                          Sept. 2017

“Early in the 21st Century”, “Every Time They Hear a Helicopter”

Diode, Vol. 10, #3                                                                Fall 2017

“Dear People of the Near Future”: cutlery

“Dear People of the Near Future”: lonely scientists

The Indianapolis Review                                                                                 Summer 2017

“PB & J”, “Before the Games Begin”, “Sewn”

Ninth Letter, Southern Writers Web Edition                             Winter 2017

“The Little Girl and the Bear Work a Puzzle of the Earth”

Tinderbox Poetry Journal                                                                                      Mar. 2017

“The Apology”, “Postcard from The End”

 Southern Humanities Review                                                                                 Oct. 2016

“After the Fedora”, “On Earth”, “The Ocean Bank”

The American Journal of Poetry                                                                            July 2016

“Some Day We Will Be Scientists, or Farmers”

New Flash Fiction Review, Prose Poem Issue                                               June 2016

“Marathon”, “Shoreline”

Plume                                                                                                                  Spring 2016


Already at War”, “We Will Be Long Gone”, “Free Time”

 South Dakota Review                                                                                         Spring 2016           

“Pre-Alice”, “A Field”, “Eyelashes as Stitches”, “Primitive Oceans”

The Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review                                                                     Fall 2015

“Tuesday”, “Forecast”

pacficREVIEW                                                                                                       June 2015

“Collection”, “Pink Pigs and Orange Horses”

Squalorly                                                                                                                        2015


Iron Horse Literary Review                                                                           NaPoMo-2013

“Because I am in the Junkyard”

Willow Springs                                                                                                    Spring 2013

“Arrival”, “Teaching His Daughters”

Bellingham Review                                                                                             Spring 2012

“A Hundred Miles from the Border”, “In the Land of Milk”

The Chattahoochee Review                                                                               Spring 2012

“Waking Up With Thoughts of How to Blow Up America”

Folio                                                                                                                  Spring 2012

“When the Incredible Shrinking Woman Gets Caught in the Garbage Disposal”

Crab Creek Review                                                                                                         2011

“Lincoln at his 200th Birthday Party”

Big Muddy: A Journal of the Mississippi River Valley                                                 2011

“The Doppelgangers’ Daughter Gets Her First EKG”

Whiskey Island                                                                                                        Fall 2009

“The Doppelgangers’ Daughter Takes Down Christmas Lights”

“The Doppelgangers’ Daughter Left Her First Husband”

Epicenter                                                                                                                         2009

“In the Kingdom of Calm”

pacficREVIEW                                                                                                   2008-9 Issue

“Sitting Ducks”

Connecticut Review                                                                                                Fall 2008

“Letter from the Bottom of the World”

The Madison Review                                                                                           Spring 2007

“Yesterday Another Airplane”, “Captured”

Slipstream                                                                                                                      2007

“Son of Superman”, “Afternoon Thunderstorms”

Kudzu                                                                                                                              2007


Selected Readings                                                       


Featured Reader:

The Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing                                           June 2018

InKY Reading Series with Leesa Cross-Smith, Louisville, KY                            May 2018

15th Annual Millikin Literary Festival, Millikin University                                 Nov. 2017

UC Clermont Poetry Series, Univ. of Cincinnati, Batavia, OH                             Oct. 2017

Kentucky Great Writers Series, Carnegie Center, Lexington, KY                        Oct. 2017

The Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing                                            July 2017

Left Bank Books with Robert Long Foreman, St. Louis, MO.                            April 2017

Monster Magazines of the Midwest, AWP Off-site, Washington DC                  Feb. 2017

Transylvania University, Lexington KY                                                                     Nov. 2016

Spalding at 21c: Voice and Vision, Louisville, KY                                                  Sept. 2016

Nitty Gritty Magic City Reading Series, Birmingham, AL                           Sept. 2016

Murray State University MFA Summer Residency                                               July 2016

Poetrio Series with Ed Madden and Tina Parker, Malaprop’s Bookstore,

Asheville, NC.                                                                                             July 2016

Kentucky Poetry Sampler, Pages & Pints Reading Series, Richmond, KY         June 2016   Indiana University Writers’ Conference, Bloomington IN                                   June 2016

Holler Poets Series, Lexington, KY                                                                      May 2016

An Evening of Prose Poems with Jane Wong and Gary Copeland Lilley

Seattle, WA.                                                                                                         May 2016

Queen Anne Book Company with Hannah Faith Notess, Seattle, WA.              April 2016

Murray State University MFA Summer Residency                                               July 2015


Awards, Grants. Fellowships                                  

The Kentucky Arts Council

Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship                                                                        2019

Best of the Net (Poetry)

Nominee, nominated by pigeonholes                                                                        2018

Rivendell Writers’ Colony

Sustainable Arts Foundation Fellowship                                                                2017

The Kentucky Foundation for Women

Artist Enrichment Grant                                                                                                 2016

Pushcart Press

          Nominee; nominated by Contributing Editors                                                       2016


Pushcart Press

           Nominee; nominated by Contributing Editors                                                 2013

The Kentucky Arts Council

Emerging Artist Award                                                                                                  2011

Indiana University, Bloomington

The Booth Tarkington Thesis Year Fellowship                                                        2006-7

The Yusef Komunyakaa Fellowship in Creative Writing                                    2004-6


Indiana University Writers’ Conference

The Lynda Hull Memorial Poetry Scholarship                                                          2006

Teaching and Tutoring Experience                      


First Year Experience Instructor                                                                      2017-Present

West Kentucky Community and Technical College, Paducah, KY

Serve as an Appreciative Advisor and course instructor for students enrolled in FYE 105: Achieving Academic Success; assist students in reflection, strengths analysis, academic and career pathways research, guided practice in financial literacy, study skills, and utilization of campus and community resources.


First Year Experience, Transitional Education, English Adjunct Instructor  2007-2017

West Kentucky Community and Technical College, Paducah, KY

Design, and utilize Blackboard to facilitate web-enhanced on-campus courses, hybrid courses, and fully online courses. Teach courses with non-traditional scheduling (night classes, late-start sections, hybrid courses, and summer courses). Track student success and make referrals to support services.

Courses Taught:

ENC 90: Foundations of College Writing I

ENC 91: Foundations of College Writing II

ENG 101 Writing 1: Composition

ENG 102 Writing 2: Composition

ENG 207 Creative Writing: Poetry and Fiction

ENG 252: Survey of American Literature II

FYE: 105 Achieving Academic Success

HUM 120: Introduction to the Humanities

RDG 20:  Improved College Reading

RDG 30: Reading for the College Classroom


College Reading and Learning Association Certified Level 2 Tutor            2010-2016

West Kentucky Community and Technical College, Paducah KY

Design Blackboard e-community for CRLA Level 1 training modules and conduct training of newly hired Tutoring Center, TRIO, Math Lab, and Reading/Writing Lab tutors. Assist traditional and nontraditional student writers in all course areas; tutor students regarding reading strategies, study skills, and test anxiety.


Associate Instructor of English                                                                            2004-2007

Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

Courses Taught:

Writing 131: English Composition

Writing 103: Introductory Creative Writing (poetry and fiction)

Writing 203: Intermediate Creative Writing (poetry)


Poetry Workshop Co-Instructor                                                                 Sept.–Dec. 2006

The John Waldron Arts Center, Bloomington, IN



Writing Tutor for Academic Communities for Excellence Program            2001-2002

University of Calif. at Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA



Indiana University, Bloomington IN

Master of Science; Literacy, Culture, and Language Education                                 2013


Indiana University, Bloomington IN

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing; Poetry                                                         2007


University of California at Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA

Bachelor of Arts in English; graduated with honors                                                   2002


Ventura Community College, Ventura CA

Associate of Arts; English concentration                                                                     2000





Maurice Manning

Professor of English; Transylvania Writer in Residence

Transylvania University



Bob Bledsoe

Director, Indiana University Writers’ Conference

Indiana University, Bloomington

812- 855-1877


Romayne Rubinas Dorsey

Creative Writing Pedagogy Director and Senior Lecturer

Indiana University