Martina Newberry

Martina Reisz Newberry’s most recent book, Running Like a Woman with Her Hair on Fire: Collected Poems (2005), is available through Red Hen Press.

Newberry is the winner of i.e. magazine’s Editor’s Choice Poetry Chapbook Prize for 1998 for An Apparent, Approachable Light (Astra Press 1998).

She is the author of Lima Beans and City Chicken: Memories of an Open Hearth, a memoir of her father, published by E.P. Dutton and Co. in 1989. She is also the author of The Star Jasmine: An Adult Fable, a novel purchased by E.P. Dutton & Co. in 1991 .

She has written four novels and several books of poetry, has been included in Ascent Aspirations’s first anthology, and has been widely published in literary magazines such as 5 AM, Amelia, Ascent Aspirations, Atom Mind, Bellingham Review, Black Buzzard Review, Cape Rock, Caprice, Catalyst, Connecticut Poetry Review, Context South, Current Accounts, Descant, Haight Ashbury Literary Journal, Hob Nob, i.e., Innisfree, International Poetry Review, Iota, Iowa Woman, The Ledge, My Legacy, New Laurel Review, Passages North, Pedestal Magazine, Piedmont Literary Review, Snake Nation Review, Sonoma Mandala, Sonora Review, Rectangle, Southern Review of Poetry, Touchstone, Visions International, Willow Review, Women’s Work, Yet Another Small Magazine, and many others.

Newberry lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband Brian and their benevolent dictator and cat, Gato.

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Black text stating Running like a Woman with her Hair on Fire poems by Martina Newberry over the collage of a woman with her hair on fire.

Running Like a Woman with Her Hair on Fire

Martina Newberry

Publication Date: September 1, 2005

$12.95 Tradepaper

ISBN: 1-59709-015-8




Martina Newberry’s Running Like A Woman With Her Hair on Fire explores the coincident power and vulnerability of the human relationship to its surroundings. Here are poems about nurturing and mourning, lovers, children, friends, relatives the significant minutiae that forms the ordinary world. Those who people these poems are real; they remember, expect, love, hate, cry, laugh, lose, and sometimes win. Not champion not outlaws they relentlessly pursue meaning and reality against the background of a world that often betrays them. These are stories of common experience. There is humor, impertinence, irony, passion and assurance that comes from a well forged identity and the firm belief that what should happen, will happen. Consistent in tone, precise in language, Martina Newberry’s voice introduces private and public thoughts and conversations about things that matter. Without whining, without belligerence, this poetry lives with us rather than outside of us, celebrates our willingness to move on and keep moving on regardless of ease, tragedy or victory.