Martha Grover is an author, poet, artist and writing coach living in Portland, Oregon. She is the author of One More for the People (Perfect Day Publishing) and The End of My Career (Perfect Day Publishing). The End of My Career was a finalist for the Oregon Book Awards in creative nonfiction in 2017. Her work has also appeared in numerous journals. She has been publishing her zine, Somnambulist, since 2003. 

Martha's work deals with themes of family, childhood, place and work. Often humorous, never coy, Martha's work has been described by OBA Judge Maggie Nelson as " "In a style one might describe as raucously droll, Grover takes the decidedly mundane and rotates in the light of her dead-aim wit. Here’s one page in entirety, which combines a Lydia Davis-esque minimalism with Grover’s wry feminism: “I ask my father to read an article about male entitlement and emotional labor. ‘Can you just tell me what it says?’ he says.” The universe here sketched—punctuated by cleaning jobs, so-so sex, the toll of chronic illness, the growing seep of the internet into our lives—is both original and timely, and Grover is a curious, companionable guide throughout." 

Jeff Vandermeer, NYT bestselling author of Borne and the Southern Reach Trilogy tweeted: "I devoured Martha Grover's The End of My Career on the plane from Portland to San Francisco. Frank, funny, sad at times--beautifully observed. Basically, it doesn't matter what she writes, I'm gonna want to read it. She's that kind of writer."

Martha is currently at work on a book of prose poems and essays about Reality TV, Myth, and being a sick person in the 21st century. She is currently trying to obtain a literary agent. 

When she is not writing, Martha is making zines, coaching her writing clients, making art, trying to learn Italian, teaching classes through Literary Arts and selling Real Estate. 

 

To get in touch with Somnambulist Zine/martha Grover

If you want to get in touch with me email me at: marthagrover(at)hotmail.com

For snail mail : Martha Grover

PO Box 14871

Portland, OR 97293

 

For a subscription to Somnambulist Zine visit this website's shop section. 

 

Visit my Patreon Page

 

Links and Info about Somnambulist Zine, BOOKS and Martha Grover

The Gresham Outlook Interviews me

I'm on the IPRC's podcast, THE STAPLE

The Portland Tribune interviews me. 

The Portland Mercury's Review of The End of my Career

The Willamette Week's Review of The End of my Career

Portland Monthly's Excerpt of The End of my Career

Interview with 11 PDX Magazine

SF Weekly's Review of "One More for the People"

Good Reads page about OMFTP

Boing Boing Review

Emily Books e-book version of OMFTP

Interview at Nailed Magazine

Excerpt of OMFTP on the Billfold

Interview with the RiYL podcast's Brian Heater

Interview with the PDX Collective magazine

Zines etc. on Antiquated Future Distro

Vice Media's shout out to OMFTP

 

RESUME

 

Martha Grover

PO Box 14871

Portland, OR 97293

971-533-9696

grovermartha60@gmail.com

marthagrover@hotmail.com

 

 

 

Education

2011- California College of Arts / MFA, Creative Writing

2003- University of Oregon / B.A., English Literature

 

Professional Experience

2011 – Teacher’s Assistant/ California College of the Arts

2012 -- Guest Lecturer / University of Portland

         -- Instructor / Crow Arts Manor

 

2013- Marketing and Copywriter / Tasi Designs

- Blogger and Website Copywriter / Tad’s Chicken n Dumplins

Marketing and Copywriter / Frani Grover Real Estate

2011-14     - Private Writing Group Facilitator/ Portland

2011-17 - Private Tutor and Writing Coach

 

2011- 2017 – Guest Lecturer and student mentor/Independent Publishing Resource Center

2017- Guest Lecturer/ Washington State University

2003-17- Somnambulist Zine/ Editor in Chief

 

Awards

2002- Recipient of Walter and Nancy Kidd Scholarship/ University of Oregon

2008- Recipient of Merit Scholarship/ California College of Arts

2011 - Runner up for the “Best of the Web”/ Creative Nonfiction Magazine

2015 – Finalist for the Oregon Book Awards

 

Publications

Eye Rhyme, Coachella Review, Switchback Journal, The Raven Chronicles, The Best of We’ll Never Have Paris Zine, Somnambulist Zine, One More for the People, Perfect Day Publishing, 2011. The End of My Career, Perfect Day Publishing, 2016, Portland Review, Sound Poet:Tree, Voicemail Poems, Transmission Journal, The Big Smoke

 

Art

2005- 2013 - Art Shows- The Red and Black Cafe, New Seasons Market, Beulahland, The Waypost, In Other Words, Reading Frenzy.

2008-17 - Commission Based Art Projects, Album Cover Designs, Portraits etc.

 

Performance and Readings

2003- Black History Month performance with Saul Williams/ University of Oregon

2003 - Eugene Slam Team Member

2003- National Slam Competition/Chicago

2005-17 - Small Presspalooza, Print Fancy, This Fest, The Thank You Writers, Now’s Ours, Wordstock, Literary Arts, Multiple Independent Bookstores and Reading Series

2013- 15- Host/ Tad’s Chicken n Dumplins’ Storytelling Night

 

 

Community Outreach

2003- Workshop Leader/ Eugene Youth Arts Festival

- Photo Lab assistant/ The New Space

2004- Curator/ Mountain Writers Center

2006- Teacher’s Assistant Zine Workshop/ Jackson Middle School

- Teacher’s Assistant “Un-Schooler’s” Writing workshop/ Myth-Media Non-Profit

2007- Volunteer tutor for after school program with The Immigrant Refugee Community Organization/ Binnsmead Middle School

2012-17 – Volunteer Organizer and Workshop Leader for the Portland Zine Symposium

2017- Volunteer Editor for “The People’s Guide to Portland”