Seretta Martin, author of Foreign Dust Familiar Rain, New and Collected Poems, is a Philip Levine Prize and Washington Prize semi-finalist with her second forthcoming book. She is a recipient of grants from the James Irvine Foundation. Seretta serves as a regional editor of the San Diego Poetry Annual and a founding co-editor of Synesthesia Literary Journal. She is also a co-founder of Haiku San Diego and Dewdrop World Haiku Society of San Diego. At Lestat's Coffee House and Performance Venue in her hometown of San Diego, Seretta hosts the 3rd Thursday, New Alchemy Poetry Series at 7 p.m. with an open Mic and featured poets. Her award-winning visual art, poetry and translations have appeared here and abroad in Serving House Journal, Margie, Web del Sol, California Quarterly, Modern Haiku, Frog Pond, Inkscrawl, A Year in Ink, Oberon, Moonday, Magee Park anthology, City Works, Oasis, and elsewhere. Seretta teaches poetry workshops youth – adult at San Diego Writer's Ink Writing Center, and in schools, museums and libraries. Seretta is a teacher with Border Voices Poetry Project, California Poets in the Schools and San Diego Writer's Ink Spot, Liberty Station. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing and her studies and affiliations include California Institute of the Arts, University of California, La Jolla, Yale University, San Diego State University and Idyllwild Summer Poetry Arts Academy.