Martha is an author and recording artist engaged in gardening, digging up her backlog of unpublished novels, poetry and children’s stories, cleaning them off and cooking them up in new ways, while cultivating resilient regional culture in her community at Martha’s Kitchen Garden, and planting seeds in the non-commercial Listen & Be Heard Radio streaming audio garden.
Martha’s recording of the poem “Living It” from the CD of the same name, has been remixed and released internationally, including on the compilation Aphrodisiac, Universal Music France. Her previous anthology of poems and stories, When the Body Calls, was published by Writers and Readers, Harlem River Press. Poems and stories appear in anthologies and magazines including A Gathering of the Tribes. Publishers Weekly called the poem/story 1-800-YOR-DICK “hilarious,“ (pen name Senator Sin,) Dick for a Day, Villard Books. She tells stories from Dreamscape, Real Dreams Really Make a Difference, a chapbook about fascinating people in history, and also original fairy tales for people of all ages.
Martha is the creator of Listen & Be Heard, formerly a performance series that began in NYC at the University of the Streets and then the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. The event migrated with her to the bay area of California where it became Listen & Be Heard Poetry Cafe and the award-winning Listen & Be Heard Weekly for a few years. It’s new iteration continues as a website, and a radio show/podcast for writers and readers originating from WPVMfm in Asheville, NC, and WLBH.org, and syndicated on the Pacifica Affiliate Network.