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The Means of Healing:
A Conversation

with Martha Serpas


Image: A Journal of Art and Religion


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Read Martha Serpas's poem

"Category Five"

part of Minor Design's Award-winning Installation in Houston's

Poetry as Psychedelic Facilitation


Workshops by Ketamine Journeys

Visit the site of

Mitoloji Latannyèr/
Mythologies Louisianaises

an art installation

at the Capitol Park Museum

Baton Rouge, LA

Berkeley Center for the Science of Psychedelics

graduates its first class in

Psychedelic Facilitation

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Essay coming on poetry and nonordinary

states of consciousness


Martha Serpas

is the author of four collections of poetry, Double Effect (LSU); 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, Poetry, Southern Review, 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 (Harvard). 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 co-produced Veins in the Gulf, a documentary about efforts to save Louisiana's disappearing wetlands. With Michele Burgess, she has collaborated on three artists’ books, The DienerGhost Trees, and Reliquary. Since 2006 she has worked as a trauma chaplain at Tampa General Hospital and, most recently, as a psychedelic chaplain with Ketamine Journeys. She teaches in the Creative Writing Program at The University of Houston.

Review of Double Effect by M.A. Nicholson

New Orleans Review

Review of Double Effect by Andrea Syzdek

Against the Grain


Double Effect

LSU Press, 2020

Framed by Aquinas’s Doctrine of Double Effect, these poems consider the sometimes inextricable nature of good and evil, new life and loss, within the Cajun language, culture, and landscape of the imperiled Louisiana coast. Maternal deprivation, mania, and environmental destruction exemplify the saving possibilities of paradox.


Minor Design's Award-winning

Bayou Greenways Park


Double Effect

LSU Press

NY Times Op-Ed

"Stop Calling Washington

a Swamp"

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

NPR Podcast


Brighton Press

Collaborations with Michele Burgess

En/Gulf: Ecopoetics 
at Brazos Bookstore


Veins in the Gulf
about Louisiana's
disappearing wetlands


Losing Ground
Educational website
about coastal erosion







University of Scranton

"Ecotheologcial Longing 

and its Double Effect"

TDC 407

6:00 pm



The Domino

3044 St. CLaude

New Orleans

6:00 pm



OCTOBER 21(Public Reception)

Mitoloji Latannyèr / Mythologies Louisianaises Installation

Capitol Museum

Baton Rouge, LA

Michelle Antoinette Nicholson, New Orleans Review

Double Effect’s intimacy and universality combine with elements of local color to convey a spiritual witness and conciliation concerned as much with individual identity as it does with exploring spiritual quandaries and the workings of logic and language. 

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