Seretta Martin

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Website: 
serettamartin.com

Author's Bio

Seretta, is a short list finalist for the 2012 Philip Levine book award, with her forthcoming book: The Art of Climbing Trees. She is the author and artist of the limited edition, Foreign Dust, Familiar Rain, Selected Poems & several chap books (Blue Vortex Publishers) In 2011 she was the recipient of a grant from the James Irvine Foundation and Poets and Writers and a featured poet of the Border Voices "Virtual" ITV Poetry Fair & Annual. Her first translations, those of the Lithuanian poet, Sonata Paliulytė, appeared in the San Diego Poetry Annual 2011. She serves as an associate editor for Poetry International Journal, is a regional editor of San Diego Poetry Annual, and an assistant editor of the California Poets in the School 50th Anniversary Teacher's Lesson Plan book. On 3rd Wednesdays Seretta hosts the , New Alchemy Poetry Series at Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffee House, Seaport Village, San Diego. Her writing and poetry has been published Internationally. She is a member of The Haiku Society of America, The Southern California Haiku Study Group, and a founding member of Haiku San Diego. Her haiku and haibun appeared in the anthologies: Modern Haiku 2013, Frogpond 2012 & 2013, Scent of Rain, 2011, Island of Egrets 2010 and Dandelion Wind 2013. The new form-fusion that Seretta invented: Haiphrastic, was first published in The San Diego Poetry Annual 2012. On-line publications include Web del Sol, Moonday Poets, Poetic Voices, and Muse Apprentice. She serves as Assistant Director of Border Voices Poetry Project and Poet-Teacher Coordinator. Her joy and mission is to teach students to find their poetic voices and learn to express themselves creatively. She inspires them in poetry workshops K - Adult, with Border Voices Poetry Project and California Poets in the Schools. She also teaches poetry at museums and libraries. Many of her students have received awards and numerous more have been published in anthologies. Seretta holds an MFA in Creative Writing and a BS in Video, Film and Educational Technology, Currently, Seretta is working on several books.

Publications and Prizes

Anthology

The Best of Border Voices
(Level 4 Press,
2007)
Magee Park Poets Anthology
(Friends of Carlsbad City Library,
2008)
The San Diego Poetry Annual
(Authorhouse,
2006)
Magee Park Poets Anthology
(Friends of Carlsbad City Library,
2006)
Magee Park Poets Anthology
(Friends of Carlsbad City Library,
2004)
Magee Park Poets Anthology
(Friends of Carlsbad City Library,
2007)
A Year in Ink, San Diego Writers Ink, Volume 1
(San Diego Writers Ink,
2008)
The San Diego Poetry Annual
(Authorhouse,
2011)
What the World Hears
(California Poets in the Schools,
2009)
A Year in Ink Vol. 4
(San Diego Writers, Ink,
2011)
A Year in Ink, Volume 5
(The Ink Spot Press,
2012)
Frogpond
(Haiku Society of America,
2012)
The San Diego Poetry Annual
(William Harry Harding--Garden Oak Press,
2011)
The San Diego Poetry Annual
(William Harry Harding--Garden Oak Press,
2009)
A Year in Ink Volume 3
(The Ink Spot Press,
2010)
The San Diego Poetry Annual
(William Harry Harding--Garden Oak Press,
2012)
Magee Park Anthology
(Friends of Carlsbad City Library,
2012)
Magee Park Anthology
(Friends of Carlsbad City Library,
2011)
Magee Park Anthology
(Friends of Carlsbad City Library,
2010)
Magee Park Anthology
(Friends of Carlsbad City Library,
2009)
City Works
(City Works Press,
2013)
Modern Haiku
(Haiku Society of America,
2013)
California Poets in the Schools
(California Poets in the Schools,
2013)
San Diego Poetry Annual
(William Harry Harding--Garden Oak Press,
2013)
City Works
(City Works Press,
2013)

Journal

Margie
Oberon
Web del Sol
Oasis
Prizes: 
James Irvine Foundation, Linda Brown Scholarship to Idyllwild Arts, Saint Marks Religious Art Festival, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010; San Diego Writers, Ink Romance Poetry contests, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011, OASIS "Best Poem" 2007, California Poetry Society; July 2006, Oct. 2006, Aug. 2007, and an Outstanding Leadership award, California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 1998 and art scholarships to Chouinard/Cal Arts, L.A. bluevortextpublishers@wordpress.com synesthesialitjournal@wordpress.com bordervoices.com cpits.org

More Information

Listed as:
Poet
Gives readings? 
Yes
Travels for readings? 
Yes
Identifies as: 
Feminist
Prefers to work with: 
Any
Fluent in: 
English
Born in: 
IL
Raised in: 
San Diego, CA

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
The Ecco Anthology of International Poets by edited by Ilya Kaminsky and Susan Harris, Czeslaw Milosz - The Collected Poems by Czeslaw Milosz, Ecco Press, Of This World by Joseph Stroud, American Poetry Review, Poets & Writers, The Writer's Chronicle by their editors
Favorite Books:
I keep returning to anthologies more than any certain book. Against Forgetting, by Carolyn Forche, Hemingway's Short Stories read by actor, Stacy Keech on CDs (available through the San Diego, CA library), Truman Capote's Short Stories, Poetry International Journals, Modern Haiku anthologies.
Favorite Authors:
Ruth Stone, Jack Gilbert, Richard Wilbur, Joseph Stroud, Jane Hirshfield, B.H. Fairchild, Larry Levis, Yosef Komunyakaa, Yehuda Amichai, Wislawa Szymbroska, Yves Bonnefog, Zbigniew Herbert, W.S. Merwin, Charles Simic, Li-Young Lee, Una Nichols Hynum, Pablo Neruda, and Mark Strand, Ted Koozer, Billie Collins, Amy Gersler, Louis Gluck, Dana Gioa, Fred Longworth. (in no certain order)

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Listing last updated: February 6, 2014.