Rita to appear Miami’s Luna Star Cafe – Thursday, July 13 at 7 PM

Rita to appear at Miami’s Luna  Star Cafe – Thursday, July 13 at 7 PM – 11:30 PM


Coming to the 305!

Depot Street is coming to Miami!!! A must-see live band, Depot Street features an infectious combination of virtuoso musicianship, song choice spontaneity and BIG FUN that is a throwback to the days when Music Mattered More. The venue is North Miami’s legendary Luna Star Cafe (‘Nuff said). Depot Street will be preceded by a poetry reading by some of the South’s finest poets. Be there! :-)

Luna Star Cafe

775 NE 125th St, North Miami, Florida 33161



Join Rita and others at Night of Poets – Bookstore in the Grove


Join us celebrate National Poetry Month & Earth Day!

Saturday, April 22nd
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Here in the Bookstore in the Grove

We will be having wonderful poets reuniting for one night for a spectacular celebration as they present their books!

Featuring Poets:

Elisa Albo
Cathleen Chambless
Denise Duhamel
Jen Karetnick
Rita Maria Martinez
Caridad Moro
Barbra Nightingale
Silvia Porro

Don’t miss out this special event!


Rita appears reading alongside other FIU Creative Writing Alumni -at Books & Books September 18th 2016

Rita appears reading alongside other FIU Creative Writing Alumni – at Books & Books September 18th 2016

In another appearance at Books & Books in Coral Gables, FL. Rita does her readings with fellow Alumns.

Rita’s Part Starts at 40:50 min

  • Here is the link to the whole event :



Rita to appear at the Salvador Dali Museum

Hosted by the Poet Laureate of St. Petersburg, FL

Rita Maria Martinez will be doing a reading at the Salvador Dali Museum.

Thursday September 8th, 2016

Poetry at the Dali

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Poetry at The Dali

Thursday, Sep. 08, 6–7:30pm

Poetry at The Dali is an ongoing series hosted by St. Petersburg Poet Laureate, Helen Wallace. Occurring on the second Thursday of each month through May 2017, each evening will feature Wallace joined by selected poets to present poems addressing the theme of Food and Sustenance. Following the presentation, there will be an audience Q&A.

Cost: Free
Location: Series takes place in The Dali Museum Theater


Poetry at The Dali-Helen Pruitt Wallace

Helen Pruitt Wallace
Helen has been selected to serve as Poet Laureate of St. Petersburg beginning in January 2016. Her first collection of poems, Shimming the Glass House (published by Ashland Poetry Press) won the Richard Snyder Prize for Poetry and a bronze Florida Book Award. She served as co-editor of the anthology Isle of Flowers published by Anhinga Press, and individual poems have been published in several journals and anthologies. She’s received a McKay Shaw Academy of American Poets Award, The dA Center for the Arts Poetry Award, a residency fellowship from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and a Tennessee Williams Scholarship from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. She earned her Ph.D. in English/Creative Writing from Florida State University, and teaches poetry and nonfiction at Eckerd College. She and her husband Peter both grew up in St. Petersburg, and raised their children here.


Rita Martinez
Rita Maria Martinez loves all things Jane Eyre. Her poetry collection, The Jane and Bertha in Me (Aldrich Press, 2016), celebrates Charlotte Bronte’s classic novel and the bicentenary of the author’s birth. Her poetry also appears in the textbook Three Genres: The Writing of Fiction/Literary Nonfiction, Poetry and Drama and in the anthology Burnt Sugar, Cana Quemada: Contemporary Cuban Poetry in English and Spanish. Martinez has been a featured author for the Miami Book Fair; the Orange Island Arts Foundation; and the Palabra Pura reading series in Chicago. She is a guest contributor for the Poets&Artists blog and a writing consultant for Nova Southeastern University. She lives in Miami, Florida.



Erica Dawson
Erica’s first collection of poems, Big-Eyed Afraid, won the 2006 Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize and was published by Waywiser Press in 2007. Her poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, Birmingham Poetry Review, Harvard Review, Literary Imagination, VQR, and other journals and anthologies. She lives in Tampa, Florida, where she teaches at The University of Tampa in both the undergraduate English and Writing program and the MFA in Creative Writing low-residency program. And she loves her dog, Stella.