Writer. Author. Thinker. Poet Performer. Filmmaker. Narrative Portrait Artist. Storyteller.
A Bit About Me
KMart (Kimy Martinez) has her MFA degree in Poetry and Screenwriting at San Jose State University. She has been awarded the 2018 Virginia de Araujo Academy of American Poets Prize award for her poem “Big Brother” chosen by California Poet Laureate Dana Gioia. She has also been awarded the James D. Phelan Award for graduate free verse, the Dorrit Sibley Poetry Award for excellence in poetry, the Ida Faye Sachs Memorial Scholarship Endowment for poetry, and the Graduate Equity Fellowship Scholarship. Kimy converted one of her epic poems into a short screenplay and then created a short film. It played at 2016 Cinequest Film Festival. She was the concept writer for another short film called Bill Rules that premiered at 2018 Cinequest Film Festival.
She has been published in REED Magazine 150th Issue and had served as their lead poetry editor in 2016-2017. She had been the art editor of the online e-zine, LitNImage. Kimy has published her art work in Experienced: Rock Music Tales of Fact & Fiction Edited by Roland Goity and John Ottey and 7 Powers of Creating by Halfdan Hussey. She created the event Poets N Film, a collaboration with REED Magazine, Poetry Center San Jose and Cinequest. It showcases performance poetry from local poets and poetry films. Her poetry and art has been published in Caesura. Kimy is the President and Co-Founder of Stabbydoll Media, an independent film company. She was Lead Reader for short screenplays with Cinequest Film Festival and is now serving as a reader for second year at Cinequest and first year for TalNexus.
Painting by Kimy Martinez
"Stolen Grave Marker"
Soul In A Matchbox
The title Soul In A Matchbox comes from a story my mother told me when I was a child. She was one of those superstitious people and a storyteller, the best kind of storytellers. She would say, “Kimy, we come from witches, but y’know, the good kind. We have kept souls in matchboxes.” The idea is that if someone was “evil,” when they died you kept their soul in a matchbox, I guess purgatory in a matchbox was more like hell than Hell was. Also, a soul was kept in a matchbox if the person died wrongfully. The only way to set the soul free was to open the matchbox which allowed the soul out, then lighting the match to show the soul its way. For the wrongfully dead, this meant they were out to seek revenge. In other words, as I understand it, creating a flame means seeking and fighting for justice. It means shedding the light on the evidence found and bringing out the truth. Soul In A Matchbox is the grave marker I have made for my childhood friend and for all those that are seeking justice.
"I feel like I've never had a home, you know? I feel related to the country, to this country, and yet I don't know exactly where I fit in...There's always this kind of nostalgia for a place, a place where you can reckon with yourself."