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Amelia Martens

Amelia Martens received an MFA from Indiana University and works as an adjunct instructor at West Kentucky Community & Technical College. She is a co-founder of the Rivertown Reading Series, received an Emerging Artist Grant from the Kentucky Arts Council in 2010, and was just nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Recently, her poems have appeared in Bellingham Review, The Chattahoochee Review, Whiskey Island, and Willow Springs. Her poetry chapbook, Purgatory, won the Spring 2010 Black River Chapbook competition and was published by Black Lawrence Press in 2012. Her second chapbook, Clatter, was published by Floating Wolf Quarterly in 2013. Her first full-length collection The Spoons in the Grass are There to Dig a Moat was published by Sarabande Books earlier this year. She is married to the poet Britton Shurley; their collaborative projects include two daughters.

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