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The Diener: Publication Date March 2015!

Martha Serpas

is the author of three collections of poetry, The Diener (LSU); The Dirty Side of the Storm (W.W. 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 Poems, The Art of the Sonnet, and Bearing the Mystery: Twenty Years of Image. 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 (

Calendar 2015

January 29 Words on a Wire interview
KTEP, El Paso, TX
12:00 pm
February 13 "How Poems Feel" with Tony Hoagland,
Kevin Prufer, and Roberto Tejada
Jung Center, Houston, TX
7:00 pm
February 28 River Oaks Bookstore, Houston, TX
"Goodbye, Mexico"
2:00 pm
March 25 Brazos Bookstore, Houston, TX
7:00 pm
April 23 Kaboom Books, Houston, TX
7:30 pm
October 16
& 17
Auburn Writers Conference
Auburn, AL
October 21
& 23
Yale Dvinity School Convocation
New Haven, CT







NY Times Op-Ed
"Our Life, Between Sea and Soil"
by Martha Serpas

NPR Podcast
Interview with
Martha Serpas


The Diener
LSU Press

Veins in the Gulf
Documentary about Louisiana's disappearing wetlands

Losing Ground
Interactive educational website about coastal erosion