Martine Bellen

Martine Bellen’s most recent poetry collection is An Anatomy of Curiosity (MadHat Press, 2023). She is the author of nine other books, including This Amazing Cage of Light: New and Selected Poems (Spuyten Duyvil), The Vulnerability of Order (Copper Canyon Press), and Tales of Murasaki and Other Poems, which won the National Poetry Series. Bellen is the librettist for the following operas that have been performed throughout the United States: Ovidiana, based on Ovid’s Metamorphoses (composer, Matthew Greenbaum), AH! Opera No-Opera (in collaboration with David Rosenboom), and Moon in the Mirror (composer: Stephen Dembski and text cowriter: Zhang Er). Her poem “A Deafening Prayer,” from An Anatomy of Curiosity, is in the 2023 Best American Poetry, Edited by Elaine Equi. Bellen’s poetry has been translated into Chinese, German, and Italian, among other languages. She has been a recipient of the City Artist Corps Grant, Queens Art Fund, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, Fund for Poetry, and has received a residency from the Rockefeller Foundation at the Bellagio Center in Bellagio, Italy. Her website is

2024 Events
Deep Breath: A Roundtable on Postmodern American Poetry
A MadHat Press / White Pine Press reading