Noemí Martínez Cress

Noemi CressNoemí Martinez Cress is a writer, educator, and commercial artist. Her creative writing awards include the Merrill Fellowship, the Barbara Barondess grant sponsored by the Friendship Ambassadors Foundation in Affiliation with the United Nations, the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts (NHFA) grant and Certificate of Recognition and Honor, and the J.R. Humphries Fellowship. As a playwright, Cress was nominated for the prestigious Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. She is a Eugenie O’Neill National Playwright’s short-list finalist and a Heideman Award finalist. Her plays have been presented at INTAR, Repertorio Español, and the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, among others. Her dramatic works include The Deep Run, Animus, Mariela, From Ali’s Internet Café, Home Front, and The Hummingbird Song. She is the author of “El Duende: Journey into the Transcendental Realm” (an essay), and Born of Fire (a novel). She is currently at work on her new play and her second novel.

Cress holds a BA in Spanish Peninsular Theatre (NYU), an MA in Latin American and Caribbean Studies (NYU), and an MFA in Playwriting (Columbia University). As an educator, she has taught creative writing in the NY tri-state area, from pre-school to college level, and has also taught children with special needs in Appalachia, Kentucky. At the Columbia University Summer High School Writing Program, she helped to restructure and manage the program’s publishing elective, served as faculty editor, and guided students in publishing the program’s literary magazines. As an adjunct professor at the Columbia University Undergraduate Writing Program, the Dean of Academic Affairs recognized Cress as among the faculty who made a positive and lasting impression on students. She has taught with Teachers & Writers Collaborative since 1998.