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Martha Serpas

is the author of two collections of poetry, Côte Blanche (New Issues) and The Dirty Side of the Storm (W.W. Norton). Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Nation, Southwest Review, and Image: A Journal of the Arts and Religion, as well as in a number of anthologies, including the Library of America’s American Religious Poems. She holds degrees in English and creative writing from Louisiana State, New York University, and the University of Houston, and a master of divinity from Yale Divinity School. For many years as an educational consultant and as a poet-in-residence, she facilitated the teaching of writing to children in New York City classrooms. She has taught recently at Yale Divinity School and the University of Tampa, where she served as poetry editor of Tampa Review. A native of south Louisiana, she remains active in efforts to restore Louisiana’s wetlands. Since 2006 she has worked as a trauma chaplain, first at Tampa General Hospital and now at Memorial Hermann—Texas Medical Center. She teaches in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Houston (

Martha Serpas


NY Times Op-Ed
"Our Life, Between Sea and Soil"
by Martha Serpas

NPR Podcast
Interview with
Martha Serpas


Veins in the Gulf

Documentary about the disappearing coastline of southern Louisiana

LA Gulf Response
Volunteering/donating opportunities and response updates

United Houma Nation
Information about impact of BP oil spill on Native people