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Jen Karetnick: American Sentencing & Rita Maria Martinez: The Jane and Bertha in MeThe event will be streamed on the UA Streaming Services Livestream channel.
Sunday, June 5, 2016 - 4:00pm
Books & Books
265 Aragon Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134
Rita Maria Martinez is a Cuban-American poet whose writing appears in journals including the Notre Dame Review, Ploughshares, and 2River View. Her poetry also appears in the textbook Three Genres: The Writing of Fiction/Literary Nonfiction, Poetry and Drama; and in the anthology Burnt Sugar, Caña Quemada: Contemporary Cuban Poetry in English and Spanish. Martinez has been a featured author at the Miami Book Fair; at the Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach, Florida; and at the Palabra Pura reading series in Chicago. She earned an MFA in Creative Writing from FIU. Martinez is a Writing Consultant for NSU where she teaches writing workshops and tutors undergraduate and graduate students. She is also an independent reading and writing tutor. Her poetry collection, The Jane and Bertha in Me, is published by Aldrich Press and celebrates Charlotte Brontë’s classic novel Jane Eyre—as well as the bicentenary of Brontë’s birth. Former Poet Laureate of Virginia, Jeannine Hall Gailey, says “The Jane and Bertha in Me gives an unusual twist to the well known characters from Jane Eyre. These persona poems give us greater insight into the minds of madwoman and governess alike, with beautiful, lush language and empathetic vision. Even casual fans of Brontë’s great book will enjoy this lively re-imagining.”