Ren Martinez is a writer, performer, storyteller, and sea witch. She subscribes to cheerful nihilism, and her life philosophy is “Nothing matters, so we might as well pet cats.”


Ren’s work is featured in the book Nine Lives: A Life in 10 Minutes Anthology and published in The Quotable 17: Atmosphere.  Her work has also appeared in The Mary Sue, RVA Magazine, Potluck Magazine, Nostrovia Press, FabFeminist, and elsewhere. She interned at RVA Magazine and GayRVA, and she is currently a fiction editor at Quail Bell Magazine.

Ren has performed in theater productions in Richmond, Washington D.C, Denver, and Bristol, England. In 2014, she wrote and performed in “Happiness is a Warm Gun,” a parlor-style theater production for The LIDA Project.

Ren is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University and Marymount University and daylights as a disability advocate. She lives with her husband and their two cats just outside of Richmond, Virginia.


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