BOOK (Poetry):

The Spoons in the Grass are There to Dig a Moat

“Whether she is proffering chilling indications of an apocalypse, agonizing over an earnest apology, or conjuring the latent melancholy of bedtime, [Martens] remains both playful and precise, at once whimsical and commanding…. As tangible as it is surreal.”


(Winner of the 2014 Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature, April 2016, Sarabande Books)


Ursa Minor

(Elsewhere Magazine, 2018)


A Series of Faults

(Finishing Line Press, 2014)



(Available online; Floating Wolf Quarterly, June 2013).



(Winner of the Spring 2010 Black River Chapbook competition; Black Lawrence Press, 2012)



Praise These Days

(Blue Satellite Press Poetry Pamphlet Series #1, Millikin University, 2019)

Limited Edition Letterpress Pamphlet, featuring three poems: “Feathers Pile on Concrete”, “My Daughter Turns Oil into Magic”, and “When Nothing Happens at School”

Poetry pamphlet


StoryQuarterly Issue 53, 2021

  • “We Can’t Save What We Keep”

Third Wednesday, Vol. XII, No. 4 October 2019


F3LL Magazine Winter 2022 Issue, January

storySouth Fall 2020


Sweet: A Literary Confection July 2022

periodicities: a journal of poetry and poetics folio: twenty-eight short takes on the prose poem, March 2022

Still: The Journal Issue #35 Winter, 2021

Southern Indiana Review, Fall 2020

Red Tree Review Summer 2020

How We Are

  • “Swarms of Grasshoppers Invade Las Vegas”

Cream City Review Spring 2020

Alien Magazine, Issue Two March 2020

“You Pick Out Your Feminist Icon Dress for School Again”

SWWIM Every Day, February 2020

ONE October 2019

Alive Magazine July 2019

The American Journal of Poetry July 2019

Hunger Mountain, Silence + Power Issue                               April 2019

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

The Laurel Review                                                                2018

  • “Cooking in Ashes”

Plume                                                                                         Nov. 2018

  • “Sanctuaries Dissolve in Sepia Sunsets”

Cave Wall                                                                                         April 2019

Pidgeonholes                                                                                       June 2018

  • “Upon Falling Through Ice”, “Determining Direction By Sun Alone”, “When the Woods are Wet”

Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Contest Issue (Finalist) December 2017

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

Fairy Tale Review, Charcoal Issue                                       March 2018

Medium, Spotlight # 17, Sept. 2017

Diode, volume 10 number 3

The Indianapolis Review                                                   Summer 2017

Ninth Letter          Winter 2016/2017 Special Southern Writers Web Edition

Tinderbox  Poetry Journal                                 March 2017

Southern Humanities Review                                                         October 2016

The American Journal of Poetry                                           July 2016

New Flash Fiction Review, Prose Poetry Issue                         June 2016

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                                                   Winter 2015

  • “Tuesday”, “Forecast”

pacficREVIEW                                                                                          June 2015

Squalorly                                                                                                          2015

  • “Baggage”

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

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