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Martha Serpas

is the author of three collections of poetry, The Diener (LSU Press, March 2015); 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 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. For many years as an educational consultant and as a poet-in-residence, she facilitated the teaching of writing to children in New York City classrooms. She has taught recently at Yale Divinity School and the University of Tampa, where she served as poetry editor of Tampa Review. 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 2014-2015

October 18 Speak!Poet with Kevin Prufer
Houston, TX
2:00 pm
November 1 Louisiana Book Festival
Baton Rouge, LA
Barataria Poetry Series Discussion
1:30 pm
December 3 Interview with Melissa Stoddard
7:00 pm
December 4 Emily Dickinson Reading
Lonestar College—Montgomery Library
Conroe, TX
7:00 pm
March 25 Brazos Bookstore
Houston, TX
7:00 pm







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

LA Gulf Response
Volunteering/donating opportunities and response updates