Noemí Martínez Cress

Noemí is a playwright, novelist, and teaching artist. Her awards include the Merrill Fellowship, the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts grant and Certificate of Recognition and Honor, the Barbara Barondess grant sponsored by the Friendship Ambassadors Foundation in affiliation with the United Nations, and the J.R. Humphries Fellowship. She has been nominated for the prestigious Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and is a Heideman Award finalist. Her plays have been presented at INTAR, Repertorio Español, and the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, among others. She is the author of From Ali’s Internet Café, Animus, Mariela, The Hummingbird Song, Home Front, and The Deep Run. She is also the author of “El Duende: Journey into the Transcendental Realm” (essay), and Born of Fire (her first novel). She is currently at work on her second novel.

Noemí holds both a BA in Spanish peninsular theatre and MFAs in Latin American and Caribbean studies (New York University) and in dramatic writing (Columbia University). She has taught creative writing throughout the tri-state area, from pre-school to college level, and has also taught children with special needs in Appalachia. As a creative writing instructor at Columbia University’s Summer High School Writing Program, she helped restructure and manage the program’s publishing elective, served as faculty editor, and assisted instructors helping students produce the program’s literary magazine. Since 2002, she has been an adjunct professor in Columbia University’s Undergraduate Writing Program, and in 2007 she was recognized by students and the Dean of Academic Affairs as among “the faculty who have made a lasting impression.” Noemí has taught with Teachers & Writers Collaborative since 1998.