Carmela A Martino
Carmela A. Martino
Writing teacher, freelance writer, and author of short stories, poems and novels for children/teens.
Carmela Martino began writing her first children’s novel, Rosa, Sola (Candlewick Press), while working on her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults. The novel was chosen a Booklist “Top Ten First Novel for Youth” and named to Bank Street College of Education's list of Best Books of the year. Other credits for young readers include the humorous short story, “Big Z, Cammi, and Me,” in the middle-grade anthology, I Fooled You: Ten Stories of Tricks, Jokes, and Switcheroos (Candlewick Press), edited by Johanna Hurwitz, and poems in the anthologies And the Crowd Goes Wild! A Global Gathering of Sports Poems and Chicken Soup for the Soul: Teens Talk High School.
In addition to writing stories and poems for children and teens, Carmela works as a freelance writer for adult publications. Her articles and essays have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Writer’s Digest, and multiple editions of the Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market (Writer’s Digest Books). She has taught adult writing classes at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, IL since 1998. She also teaches writing workshops for both children and adults at the Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook, IL.
Carmela founded TeachingAuthors.com, a blog by six children's authors who are also writing teachers, where she posts regularly. For more information, visit carmelamartino.com, where you can also join her e-newsletter mailing list.