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Lydia Martín is an award-winning fiction writer and journalist who spent 25 years covering Miami’s growth and cultural evolution for The Miami Herald. Her work has appeared in literary journals such as Masters Review Anthology, Ploughshares, Fifth Wednesday Journal and Origins Literary Journal; in books such as Presenting Celia Cruz, (Clarkson Potter, 2004) and Louis Vuitton City Guide Miami (LV, 2014); and in magazines such as Billboard, Esquire, InStyle, Oprah, Latina (for which she also served as a contributing editor), Hispanic and Out. Martín, born in Havana and raised in Yonkers, Chicago, Flint and Miami, was part of the Miami Herald team that won a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of Hurricane Andrew. She was twice a finalist for journalism’s Livingston Award, and won a GLAAD Media Award for Spanish-language magazine writing.  She won the 2016 Ploughshares Emerging Writer contest for fiction; and the 2016 Editor’s Prize from Fifth Wednesday Journal, which nominated her for a Pushcart Prize. Martín, a Yaddo, MacDowell and Bennington College fellow, has a BA in English and journalism from the University of Miami (1987) and an MFA in creative writing from Bennington College (2016). 


Queen of the People

Published in Presenting Celia Cruz by Alexis Rodriguez-Duarte

Paper Boats

Published in The Masters Review Volume VIII with Stories Selected by Kate Bernheimer

El Breakwater

Published in Ploughshares at Emerson College Issue 136 | Summer 2018

The Adjustment Act

Published in Ploughshares at Emerson College Issue 131 | Winter 2016-17


Martín’s work appeared in literary journals, books, and magazines such as Masters Review Anthology, Louis Vuitton City Guide Miami, Billboard, Esquire, Oprah, and more.


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