Prior to writing fiction, Suzanne C Martinez was an artist, having earned a BFA in Painting from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA and an MFA in Printmaking from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. During the last few years, she has studied fiction at The New School, NYU/SPS, the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, NYS Writers Institute, the Yale Writers Workshop, and the One Story Writers’ Workshop..

She has completed her first novel, Drawing Lessons and is working on her second a linked story collection about DUMBO in the 1980s. Four of her stories were chosen for readings at the KGB Bar during 2017-2019. She did readings of her work with Wordier Than Thou and One Story in 2020 and with Dovetails in 2021 and The Phoenix Reading Series in 2019 and 2021. In 2022, she did readings with Women Who Submit, One Story, and the Smokelong Quarterly.

Suzanne’s story, “Distillation appeared in The Drabble in November 2018.

“La Femme Assise” appeared in The Hong Kong Review in January 2019, “We Are All Strangers” appeared in Bull & Cross in February 2019, “Salmonella Summer” appeared in Streetlight Magazine in June 2019, “There Are No Whys” appeared in Flash Fiction Magazine in October 2019, “The Cinderella of Sunset Park” appeared in The Broadkill Review in November 2019. “Cinderella” was nominated by The Broadkill Review for a 2019 Pushcart Prize and a 2020 The Best of the Net.

“Magnus Opus with Rodents” appeared in Thrice Fiction Magazine in January 2020. “Promises” appeared in the November 4, 2020 issue of Flash Fiction Magazine. “Promises” was nominated by Flash Fiction Magazine for a 2020 Pushcart Prize. Chosen as Honorable Mention in the 2020 Flash Fiction Magazine Editor’s Choice Awards. “Lost & Found at Sunfish Pond” appeared in The Wild Word in November 2020.

“Quitters” appeared in Dovetail‘s Quarrantine issue in January 2021. “A Perfect Smile” appeared in the Spring 2021 issue of Active Muse. “How to Make Fire Prints with John Cage” appeared in The Citron Review in the Fall 2021 issue. The Citron Review nominated “John Cage” for the 2022 Best Small Fictions Anthology.

“The Contract” was awarded second Honorable Mention in the Saturday Evening Post 2022 Great American Fiction Contest. “Knock Me Over” was published by Gone Lawn on January 31, 2022. Sledgehammer Lit published “Takeout” on February 8, 2022, along with an audio reading of her story. In 2022, two of her short stories were shortlisted by Molotov Cocktail and Able Muse. Also, a story was chosen as finalist by the Bellingham Review.

Suzanne lives in Brooklyn.

Photo: Justin Steele

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