Martina Reisz Newberry
Martina Reisz Newberry’s most recent book is NEVER COMPLETELY AWAKE, (Deerbrook Editions). A new book, TAKE THE LONG WAY HOME is due out in the Fall of 2017 from Unsolicited Press. She is also the author of WHERE IT GOES (Deerbrook Editions). LEARNING BY ROTE (Deerbrook Editions)  and RUNNING LIKE A WOMAN WITH HER HAIR ON FIRE: Collected Poems (Red Hen Press)

Ms. Newberry is the winner of i.e. magazine’s Editor’s Choice Poetry Chapbook Prize for 1998: AN APPARENT, APPROACHABLE LIGHT. She is also the author of LIMA BEANS AND CITY CHICKEN: MEMORIES OF THE OPEN HEARTH—a memoir of her father, (one of the first men ever to be hired at Kaiser Steel in Fontana, CA in 1943)—published by E.P. Dutton and Co. in 1989.

Newberry has been included in the anthology, It Happened Under Cover, in Ascent Aspirations’ first two hard-copy anthologies, also in the anthologies In The Company Of Women, Blessed Are These Hands and Veils, and Halos & Shackles: International Poetry on the Oppression and Empowerment of Women. She has been widely published in literary magazines in the U.S. and abroad.

Martina has also been awarded residencies at Yaddo Colony for the Arts, Djerassi Colony for the Arts, and at Anderson Center for Disciplinary Arts. A passionate lover of Los Angeles, Martina currently lives there with her husband, Brian, a Media Creative.


The Eurasian Wigeon

makes noises like

cats having sex. 

Its red head and

white patches are

not remarkable. 

The Eurasian Wigeon

is of  Least Concern

in matters of endangerment. 

Pretty bird, I understand

these things. Me too.

 2017 Martina Reisz Newberry
Martina Reisz Newberry was a Featured Poet at the  August 2017 Second Sunday Poetry Series