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Marta Maretich

About Marta Maretich

Marta Maretich is a novelist, editor, researcher and freelance writer. Born in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, raised in Bakersfield, California, she’s lived in London since 1995.

Marta attended the University of California at Berkeley where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa with an honors degree in Comparative Literature. Additionally, she holds a master’s degree in creative writing from the Warren Wilson Program for Writers.

Marta’s early career saw her teaching ESL, EFL, and English Composition in far-flung places including Spain, Taiwan and south-central Los Angeles. Later she worked for Jossey-Bass, a business publisher, first as an editorial assistant, then as a developmental and newsletter editor. Additionally, she edited the The Berkeley Poetry Review (1987-88) and Whispering Campaign, a journal of the arts (1990-1993).

Working freelance since 1993, Marta has scoped, researched, written and edited numerous publications with an emphasis on organizational development, leadership and governance. Her current focus is social investment and the evolution of innovative approaches to funding social and environmental good. She is the co-author of Governing for Impact, a white paper for the Saïd School of Business, with Jed Emerson. (Please see her LinkedIn profile for more detail on her professional work).

On the creative side, Marta 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 publications including Boom! A Journal of California, The Harvard Review and Inspired Jouneys: Travel Writers in Search of the Muse. She’s been awarded artist residencies at the Eastern Frontiers Educational Foundation at Norton Island and Yaddo.

Marta supports the non-profit Open Door for Adult Literacy. Her first novel, The Possibility of Lions, was chosen as recommended reading by ProLiteracy, America’s largest literacy organization. With a teaching guide designed by Marta, it is used in adult literacy programs across the US and Canada. Additionally, Marta co-organizes the Upper Wimpole Street Literary Salon, a London-based group of female writers and other creatives.