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 The Collagist, Switchback Journal and The Portland Mercury, among others. She has been publishing her zine, Somnambulist, since 2003. Martha is currently at work on a book of prose poems and essays about Catastrophe, Myth, and being a sick person in the 21st century. When she is not writing, Martha is making zines, coaching her writing clients, making art, and selling Real Estate.
Martha's work deals with themes of family, childhood, place and work. 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."
The Los Angeles Review of Books: "Grover’s interests and observations, such as the moral compromises of day jobs and the impact of escalating housing prices, are universal, and her willingness to tell the truth to herself and others encourages an intimate relationship with her readers no matter where they live. That is also the reason it doesn’t matter whether this work is a novel or a memoir. Grover’s ability to engage her reader trumps any categorization of her prose. She’s playing an entirely different game, one that only requires the author to connect."
Bud Smith, author of Double Bird. "The End of My Career by Martha Grover, is an excellent memoir, it kind of laughs in the face of death, from the point of view of a woman working lousy jobs and stricken with a disease that she keeps punting up the field like a football, to deal with later, like you do all things."
Martha is currently at work on a book of prose poems and essays about Catastrophe, Myth, and being a sick person in the 21st century. When she is not writing, Martha is making zines, coaching her writing clients, making art, and selling Real Estate.
get in touch
PO Box 14871
Portland, OR 97293
I'm on the IPRC's podcast, THE STAPLE
Education and Awards etc.
2011- California College of Arts / MFA, Creative Writing
2003- University of Oregon / B.A., English Literature
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
2016 – Finalist for the Oregon Book Awards
Eye Rhyme, Coachella Review, Switchback Journal, The Raven Chronicles, The Best of We’ll Never Have Paris Zine, Somnambulist Zine, The Portland Review, Sound Poet:Tree, Voicemail Poems, Transmission Journal, The Big Smoke, The Collagist, ALL DRESSED UP WITH NOWHERE TO GO, The Portland Mercury
One More for the People, Perfect Day Publishing, 2011.
The End of My Career, Perfect Day Publishing, 2016,