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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 2015

September 23
Seeking Sacred Space in the 21st Century
Honors College
University of Houston
4:00 pm
September 24
Poison Pen @ Poison Girl
1641 Westheimer
Houston, TX
8:30 pm
October 16
& 17
Literary Harvests: Creativity and Sustainabiity
Auburn Writers Conference
Auburn, AL
October 19
On Anne Sexton
Ex Libris
Public Poetry
Go to Meeting
7:00 pm

October 23 Poetry and Prayer
Yale Divinity School Convocation
New Haven, CT
8:30 am
November 12 Dying with Dignity: Perspectives on Terminal Illness
Baylor College of Medicine
Cullen Auditorium, Cullen Building
6:15 pm







The Diener
LSU Press

NY Times
"Our Life, Between Sea and Soil"

NPR Podcast


Veins in the Gulf
Doc about Louisiana's disappearing wetlands

Losing Ground
Educational website about coastal erosion

Cry You One
Wetlands-based performance group