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Voices and Verses

National Poetry Month: “Reflection” By Cristina Martinez

The Houston slam poet and animal lover reads a poem inspired by her cultural identity.


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“Poetry for me is a form of activism, not only in the community but for yourself as well.” – Poet Cristina Martinez

In this sound portrait, Cristina Martinez talks about what poetry means to her, and she reads her poem, "Reflection."

Cristina Martinez is a Mexican-American poet and native Houstonian. She has been writing since grade school and recently started writing and performing slam poetry at various venues in Houston. Her poetry has been featured on The Huffington Post Latino Voices and We Are Mitú. Her first love is veterinary patient care, and she works as a veterinary technician in the neurology department at a local specialty hospital. Part of the family of poets at Write About Now, she combines poetry and activism in the community.

This poem is reprinted with permission by the author.

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While growing up in Chicago and Houston, Catherine’s love for art, music and creative writing was influenced by her teachers and parents. She was once concertmaster of the Clear Lake High School Orchestra and a four-time violinist of the Texas All-State Symphony. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Catherine...

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