Seretta Martin

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Website: 
serettamartin.com

Author's Bio

Seretta is a poet, teacher and visual artist. She was a short list finalist for the Philip Levine book award, and the Washington Prize with her second forthcoming book. Her most recent manuscript, “Overtaking Glass” is circulating the publishing houses. She is the author and artist of the limited edition, "Foreign Dust, Familiar Rain, Selected Poems" & several chapbooks (Blue Vortex Publishers) This year Seretta judged several venues including Poetry Out Loud, The San Diego Book Awards and The San Diego Poetry Annual cover art for 2016. She is a co-founder of the Dewdrop World Haiku Society of San Diego at meetup.com With a grant from the James Irvine Foundation and Poets and Writers in 2011 she was a featured poet for 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. Seretta serves as the founding editor of Blue VorTEXT Literary Journal on-line and a founding co-editor of Synesthesia Literary Journal on-line. She is a regional editor of the San Diego Poetry Annual. In 2014 she was an assistant editor of "Poetry Crossing" (a Teacher's Lesson Plan book) for the California Poets in the Schools 50th Anniversary. Two of her lesson plans were published in this book. 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 writing and poetry has been published internationally and included in Serving House Journal 2014, Weave Magazine 2014, Waymark—Voice of the Valley 2014, Oasis Journals since 2007. Her haiku and haibun appeared in the anthologies: Under the Basho 2013, Modern Haiku 2013, Frogpond 2012 and 2013, The Haiku Society of America 2012 and 2013 The Southern California Haiku Study Group Anthology: 2010 – 2015, and others. The new form-fusion that Seretta invented: "Haiphrastic," was first published in The San Diego Poetry Annual in 2012 and her poetry has appeared in SDPA since 2007. On-line publications credits include Web del Sol, Moonday Poets, Poetic Voices, and Muse Apprentice and others. Seretta earned her MFA in Creative Writing from San Diego State University in 2013 under the direction of Ilya Kaminsky, Sandra Alcosser, Steve Kowit and Marilyn Chin. She teaches adult poetry workshops at The San Diego Writer's Ink "Ink Spot" at Liberty Station in Point Loma, CA, in libraries, museums, and at symposiums. Seretta also serves as the Assistant Director and Poet-Teacher Coordinator of the Border Voices Poetry Project, bordervoices.com. Her joy and mission is to help students to find their poetic voices and learn to express themselves creatively. Grades 3 - 12 and adults. See bordervoices.com, cpits.org, and sandiegowriterink.org. Many of her students have received awards and been published in anthologies. On 3rd Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Seretta hosts the New Alchemy Poetry Series at Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffee House, Seaport Village, San Diego. (Open Mic & Featured Poets) She is currently working on a mixed genre book of poetry, visual art, and more. Links: bluevortextpublishers.com synesthesialitjournal.com bordervoices.com cpits.org

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)
Serving House Journal
(Serving House Books,
2016)

Journal

Margie
Oberon
Web del Sol
Oasis
Weave Magazine
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.

More Information

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

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
Ten Windows How Great Poems Transform the World by Jane Hirshfield, Learned Optimism by Martin E. P. Seligman, Ph. D., a GOD in the HOUSE poets talk about faith by Ilya Kaminsky and Katherine Towler, American Poetry Review, Poets & Writers, The Writer's Chronicle by staff editors
Favorite Books:
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: September 18, 2015.