...and just who is this Martina Resiz Newberry anyway?

I’m a writer, and my most recent book is

NEVER COMPLETELY AWAKE, available now at Deerbrook Editions and Amazon.com.


I am also the author of Where It Goes, Learning By Rote, Not Untrue and Not Unkind and Running Like A Woman With Her Hair On Fire.

I was the winner of i.e. magazine’s Editor’s Choice Poetry Chapbook Prize for 1998: An Apparent, Approachable Light.


I am also the author of Lima Beans and City Chicken: Memoirs of the Open Hearth—a memoir of my father—published by E.P. Dutton and Co. in 1989.


I‘ve been included in Ascent Aspirations first hard-copy Anthology and three others in the Ascent Aspirations Anthology library, also in the anthologies In The Company Of Women, Hot Summer Nights, Blessed Are These Hands, It Happened Under Cover and others. I’ve been widely published in literary magazines in the U.S. and abroad.


OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS

Residency at Yaddo Artists Residency 1987, New York

Learned a fair amount of vegetarian cooking

Pushcart Prize for Poetry Nomination by Andrew Hudgins, 1988

Found the best coffee bar in Los Angeles

Residency at Djerassi Artists Retreat 1989, CA

Found a pretty consistent method for clearing a clogged drain

Residency at Anderson Center at Tower View Artists Retreat 1992, Red Wing, Minnesota

Finally convinced myself that Facebook is NOT the real world.

Astra Press, Editor’s Choice Chapbook Prize, 1998, Editor: Yolanda Gottlieb


I live in my beloved city, Hollywood, CA with my husband Brian, a Media Creative, and our furbabies, Joey and Dee Dee.

My friends and family tell me I’m a very nice person, though certifiably mad.

If my poems are read, I hope someone with more influence than I have can change the way this country still confronts every difficulty with greed, violence, with war. I continue to believe that poems can help somehow, but I’m never certain how.

I still write about how years and decades and centuries pass and women are STILL judged by their bodies, their faces, their hair styles, their clothing, their years. It is still a problem. Feminism has helped with some things, not so much with those shallow judgments.

I have written about God––how “we pray to a God we do not love for those we do love”– about temples, Buddhas, Bhodisattvas, seekers, those who deny, those who embrace. I write about a kind of God–a power–a mentor–a clockmaker–a joker–ANYONE/THING bigger and better than ourselves to guide us from this ever-darkening universe into wisdom and peace.

My purpose for poetry? This world gives me hives and the only way I relieve the itch is to write poems. It’s great if they come out in books and magazines, but the relief from that itch has become the most driving force of all.

So, I invite you to join me on a road trip of high strangeness, wonder, loneliness, love, and…well, the whole damn thing. We’ll search out the “funny old dog” and hope not to come away with fleas.

I have two new collections available to my readers. In the first of my newest collection, NEVER COMPLETELY AWAKE , I address the dream-like quality of our lives. In the second of the newest, TAKE THE LONG WAY HOME, I walk beside my Selves and my readers’ Selves on our various paths. I find myself, at this time of my maturity, in constant wonder at the way things which have previously seemed so real, become something like a book I once read or a movie I once saw. NEVER COMPLETELY AWAKE from Deerbrook Editions and TAKE THE LONG WAY HOME from Unsolicited Press are both available for purchase.

You may purchase them at my Bookstore, enjoy the poems and let me know, afterward, what you think.

Email me at martinanewberry@gmail.com.