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Martha Serpas

is the author of three collections of poetry, The Diener (LSU); The Dirty Side of the Storm (Norton); and Côte Blanche (New Issues). Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Nation, Southwest Review, and Image: A Journal of the Arts and Religion, as well as in a number of anthologies, including the Library of America’s American Religious Poem and The Art of the Sonnet. She holds degrees in English and creative writing from Louisiana State, New York University, and the University of Houston, and a master of divinity from Yale Divinity School. A native of south Louisiana, she remains active in efforts to restore Louisiana’s wetlands. Since 2006 she has worked as a trauma chaplain at Tampa General Hospital. She teaches in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Houston (

Fogged Clarity Likes The Diener

Interview with Nadia Colburn and Anchor

Calendar 2016

March 13
Poetry Now
Mountains to Sea Book Festival
Dun Laoghaire, Ireland
March 15
Trinity College/Loyola Institute
Dublin, Ireland
7:00 pm
April 8 & 10
Lone Star Book Festival
Climate Change panel
& UH Faculty Reading
Lone Star College
Kingswood, TX
April 15 Writer-in-Residence Reading
McNeese State University
Lake Charles, LA
7:00 pm
May 10 & 17
Poetry and Pastoral Care for Residents & Staff
Tampa General Hospital
Tampa, FL
1:00 pm & 2:30 pm
October 9 Houston Poetry Fest
University of Houston--Downtown
Willow Street Pumping Station
Houston, TX
2:00 pm
October 31
The Death Panel
Honors College
University of Houston
5:30 pm







The Diener
LSU Press

NY Times
"Our Life, Between Sea and Soil"

NPR Podcast

En/Gulf: Ecopoetics at Brazos Bookstore

Veins in the Gulf
Doc about Louisiana's disappearing wetlands

Losing Ground
Educational website about coastal erosion