Marta Maretich is the author of three novels: The Possibility of Lions (GemmaMedia 2011), The Merchants of Light (Nine Elms Books 2015) and The Bear Suit (2017). Her short fiction, nonfiction and poetry have appeared in many publications including Boom! A Journal of California, The Harvard Review and The Jacaranda Review. She was the editor of The Berkeley Poetry Review and Whispering Campaign, an arts journal. She has been awarded artist residencies at the Eastern Frontiers Educational Foundation at Norton Island and Yaddo.
Marta was born in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, and grew up in Bakersfield, California. Her mother was primary school teacher and her father was an oilman. She attended the University of California at Berkeley where she graduated with an honors degree in Comparative Literature.
After graduation, she traveled extensively and worked as an English teacher in Spain, Taiwan and south-central Los Angeles before taking a job in publishing with the professional publisher, Jossey-Bass. While there, she helped develop the first-ever major imprint dedicated to the nonprofit sector. At the same time she completed an MFA in fiction from the Warren Wilson Program for Writers. Both experiences went on to shape her professional and creative careers for the rest of her life.
In parallel with her creative work, Marta has written and edited numerous publications for and about the nonprofit sector with an emphasis on organizational development, leadership and governance. She currently blogs about social investment and social enterprise and tracks the evolution of innovative approaches to funding social and environmental good. On her own time, she is a literacy advocate and her first novel, The Possibility of Lions, was chosen as recommended reading by ProLiteracy, America’s largest literacy organization.
Marta has lived in London since 1995. Her husband, Michael Alford, is a British painter. They have one daughter, Rafaela, and a pet that might or might not be a cat.