Martha Rhodes

Current City, State, Country

New York, New York, USA

Birth City, State, Country

Boston, Massachusetts, USA


Martha Rhodes is the author of five poetry collections: At the Gate, Perfect Disappearance, Mother, Quiet, The Beds, and The Thin Wall. She is a member of the faculty of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College and regularly teaches for the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. She has taught at Emerson College, Sarah Lawrence College, University of California at Irvine as well as at many writers’ conferences such as Indiana University at Bloomington Writers Conference, Frost Place (director 2010-2018), and Sarah Lawrence, among others. She is the publisher and executive editor of Four Way Books in NYC.

What is the relationship between Judaism and/or Jewish culture and your poetry?

My relationship to Judaism is more cultural than anything, linked to the domestic life of my childhood, I suppose. But I don’t think my writing necessarily reflects that, though my readers might think differently—something to further explore, for sure.

Published Works

The Thin Wall (Pittsburgh, 2017)
The Beds (Autumn House, 2012)
Mother Quiet (Nebraska, 2005)
Perfect Disappearance (Green Rose Prize; New Issues, 2000)
At the Gate Provincetown Arts (1995)

Author Site

Links to Sample Works

Video Reading

Current Title

Publisher and Executive Editor at Four Way Books


New School for Social Research, B.A.
Warren Wilson College, M.F.A. Program for Writers

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