Demetria Martinez

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Demetria Martinez is an American activist, poet, and novelist.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

She was born on July 10, 1960, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She is a graduate of Princeton University with BA from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.[1]

In 1988 Martinez was charged with conspiracy for allegedly transporting two Salvadoran women refugees into the US.[3] She was later acquitted of the charges.[3][4]


Martinez has been an editor for the National Catholic Review in Tucson, Arizona, since 1990.[1] She teaches in the annual William Joiner Center for the Study of War and Social Consequences at the University of Massachusetts Boston.


Published works[edit]

  • Three Times a Woman: Chicana Poetry (includes the poem "Turning"), Bilingual Press/Review (Tempe, AZ), 1989 ISBN 978-0916950910
  • MotherTongue, Bilingual Press/Editorial Bilingue (Tempe, AZ), 1994, translated into Spanish by Ana Maria de la Fuente and published as Lengua madre, Seix Barral (Barcelona, Spain), 1996 ISBN 978-0345416568
  • Breathing between the Lines: Poems, University of Arizona Press (Tucson, AZ), 1997 ISBN 978-0816517985
  • The Devil's Workshop, University of Arizona Press (Tucson, AZ), 2002 ISBN 978-0816521975
  • Confessions of a Berlitz-Tape Chicana (Chicana and Chicano Visions of the Americas series) ISBN 978-0806137223
  • The Block Captain's Daughter (Chicana and Chicano Visions of the Americas series) ISBN 978-0806142913


  1. ^ a b c d "Contemporary Authors Online". Biography in Context. Gale. 2004. Retrieved December 21, 2015.
  2. ^ Notable Hispanic American Women. Detroit: Gale. 1993.
  3. ^ a b c d Ndegeocello, Me'Shell (2009). "World Literature Today". The poet as political activist: a conversation with Demetria Martinez. Retrieved December 21, 2015 – via Biography in Context.
  4. ^ "New York Times". 2 Are Acquitted In Entry to U.S. By Illegal Aliens. 1998. Retrieved December 21, 2015 – via Biography in Context.
  5. ^ "Chicana and Chicano Visions of the Americas series".
  6. ^ Telgen, Diane (1993). Notable Hispanic American Women, Volume 1. Cengage Gale. pp. ISBN 9780810375789.
  7. ^ "Demetria Martinez, Author, Activist and Creativity Coach". Retrieved 24 November 2018.