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.


Rita to do a reading at Books & Books – Coral Gables, FL – June 5th 2016 @ 4:00pm

Rita to do a reading at Books & Books – Coral Gables, FL – June 5th 2016  @ 4:00pm

Jen Karetnick: American Sentencing & Rita Maria Martinez: The Jane and Bertha in Me – Gables

American Sentencing (Winter Goose Publications, May 2016), Jen Karetnick’s second full-length book of poems, is an intense examination of the body and the various indignities and ailments from which it can suffer, as well as an inside look at medicine and healing from the spouse of a physician. The poems are a paean to the spirit that endures chronic, invisible, neuro-endocrine-immune illness. Whether with complaint, acceptance, or just a nod toward dark humor, this collection turns on the fine points of grief and laughter, and balances respectfully on the same line as those who suffer.

Sander Zulauf, Editor Emeritus, Journal of New Jersey Poets, & Poet Laureate, Diocese of Newark, says, “The poems… display [Karetnick’s] modern mastery of an ancient form, and some of her other experiments will take your breath away.” Guggenheim fellow Cynthia Huntington, author of Heavenly Bodies, writes, “These poems are quick bright things, which do not come to confusion. Karetnick’s rich glossary of symptoms, diagnoses and prescriptions yields an image of spirit at odds with the body on which it must depend. Sometimes angry, sometimes wickedly funny, her poems are unsparing, surprising, and always sharply intelligent.”

Jen Karetnick‘s poetry and prose pieces have recently appeared or are forthcoming in TheAtlantic.com, Guernica, Negative Capability, Prairie Schooner, and Spillway. She won the 2015 Anna Davidson Rosenberg Poetry Prize and was runner-up for the 2015 Atlantis Prize for Poetry and 2016 Stephen A. DiBiase Poetry Prize. She works as the Creative Writing Director for Miami Arts Charter School and as a freelance dining critic, lifestyle journalist and author. Her cookbooks have won prizes for excellence in culinary writing from Les Dames d’Escoffier and from the World Gourmand Awards.


The Jane and Bertha in Me

The Jane and Bertha in Me






Rita Maria Martinez’s The Jane and Bertha in Me is a Rubik’s CubeTM of Janes. Each poem is a smartly annotated, hauntingly revisionist homage to Jane Eyre. Martinez’s astounding poems are literary, conversational, personal, fun, as she confidently transports her Janes from the Moors to Macy’s, from Thornfield Hall to the world of tattoos.

—Denise Duhamel, author of Blowout
There is some kind of serious magic at work in this wonderful book. Reading it, I feel as if I am waking up in another world where Gothic sensibility of Jane Eyre joins the surreal of contemporary American culture. The experience is nothing short of intoxicating. I can’t wait to read more of Rita Maria Martinez’s work.
—Nin Andrews, author of Why God is a Woman
Rita Maria Martinez’s The Jane and Bertha in Me gives an unusual twist to the well-known characters from Jane Eyre, envisioning Jane at the guidance counselor, Bertha getting a makeover. These persona poems give us greater insight into the minds of madwoman and governess alike and even minor characters like Blanche and Alice, with beautiful, lush language and empathetic vision. Even casual fans of Brontë’s great book will enjoy this lively re-imagining.
—Jeannine Hall Gailey, author of The Robot Scientist’s Daughter

About the Author:

Rita Maria Martinez is a Cuban-American poet whose writing appears in journals including the Notre DameReview, 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 inEnglish 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 Berthain 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.”

Event date:
Sunday, June 5, 2016 – 4:00pm
Event address:
265 Aragon Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33