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.
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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
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PO Box 14871
Portland, OR 97293
2011- California College of Arts / MFA, Creative Writing
2003- University of Oregon / B.A., English Literature
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
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
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
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
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”