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Published:March 8th, 2007 12:38 EST
Judyth Piazza chats with Martha Marinara, Associate Professor of English at UCF

Judyth Piazza chats with Martha Marinara, Associate Professor of English at UCF

By Judyth Piazza CEO (Editor)


Martha Marinara was born in Providence, Rhode Island and grew up in New Haven, Connecticut. She wrote her first poem when she was five (about snow and very derivative of Kipling`s A Child`s Garden of Verses) and has been writing ever since. She survived eight years of parochial school and an early adolescence challenged by the politics and psychedelics of the early seventies.

Marinara graduated from high school, attempted college and chose to spend almost a decade singing in smoky bars with bands no one ever heard of and attempting to be Madonna before Madonna did it so much better. In her efforts to pursue a more formal education, she spent 13 years earning a BA in English from Southern Connecticut State University.

Along the way, she worked for Dairy Queen, Baskin Robbins, and Dunkin Donuts, where her start as a feminist occurred because she was bit on the cheek by a male customer and no one but her was outraged. (He claimed he thought her feather earrings were fishing lures. Go figure.) She married, gave birth to a daughter, adopted a daughter, got divorced, and came out of the closet (wanton femme that she is, she needed more room for her clothes). Thinking that perhaps it was time for a career, she completed an MA in Creative Writing in 1990 and a PhD in Rhetoric and Composition in 1993.

Marinara is an associate professor of English at the University of Central Florida where she teaches writing and directs the Composition Program. She lives in Orlando, Florida with two cats, Alice and Oliver, and a very noisy parakeet, Buttercup. She writes poetry and fiction and has published most recently in Massachusetts Review, Xavier Review, FEMSPEC, Estuary, Lesbian Fiction Quarterly, and Alembic. In 2000, she won the Central Florida United Arts Award for Poetry.

Marinara is a performance poet and has performed her monologues on lesbian life in smoky bars in Orlando, Tampa, Atlanta, New Haven, New Orleans, Chicago, San Antonio, and Baltimore. Her novel, Street Angel, will be released by Fine Tooth Press in early 2005.

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