Martha Catherine Brenckle

Martha Catherine Brenckle is a Professor at the University of Central Florida where she teaches First-year Writing and Rhetorical Theory. She writes poetry and fiction and has published most recently in The Sea Letter, Clockhouse Review, Broken Bridge Review, Burningword Literary Magazine, and Bryant Literary Review among others. In 2000, she won the Central Florida United Arts Award for Poetry. Martha is a former performance poet and has performed her monologues on lesbian life in Orlando, Tampa, Atlanta, New Haven, New Orleans, Chicago, San Antonio, and Baltimore. Her first novel, Street Angel (2006) and was nominated for a Lambda Award and a Triangle Award and was a Finalist for Fence Magazine’s 2007 Best GLBT Novel Award. She lives in Winter Park, FL with her wife Patty and their gray tabby cats.

Hard Letters and Folded Wings

This collection of poems is about women’s bravery—personal, public, and historical. The poems are about coming out, facing middle-age and drawing strength from others.


Four of the poems in this collection have been finalists for the Emily Dickinson Award, The Frank O’Hara Award, the Richard Eberhart Poetry Award, and the Michael Egan Annual Poetry Contest. Brenckle won 3rd Prize in the Writers’ Digest 2021 Annual Awards.

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