Marilyn Greenberg is a painter, poet and fiction writer who continues to shift between forms, cannily using her understanding of each to inform the others. She engages our full range of emotions by taking humor seriously and even in her darkest work, unearthing the absurd. Her paintings, although abstract, have a narrative thrust and create a language of visual metaphor. Their provocative surfaces are disciplined by a reassuring structure. In her fiction Greenberg demonstrates her painter's eye for detail, using unexpected imagery to create a keen sense of place and a unique appreciation for human vulnerability. Her poems make their observations with elegance and precision, their images staying with the reader long after the poem is read. What all of Greenberg's work has in common is a delicate power and melancholy wit.

Greenberg has had five one-person shows in New York and her work is exhibited internationally. Her large abstract paintings are in many private collections and have been purchased and shown in major corporate collections such as: JP Morgan Chase, Prudential Life Insurance Company, Sony Corporation, Security Pacific National Bank etc., as well as embassies in Japan, Sweden and India.

Two of her poems, SLEEPLESS II and THE GET won Third Place and Honorable Mention in the 2001 Annual California Quarterly Poetry Contest. PARTING, a poem in two parts was a finalist in the 2005 Sow's Ear poetry competition. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in the following journals: Red Wheelbarrow, CQ, The Distillery, Green Hills Literary Lantern, Inkwell Magazine, Jewish Women's Literary Annual, Mudfish Magazine, Nimrod, Oregon East, Berkley Poetry Review, Raritan: A Quarterly Review, South Carolina Review, Writers' Forum and Swink. To read a selection of her poems, please click here.

Her story LESSONS was nominated for BEST NEW AMERICAN VOICES in 2005. DESSERT, a finalist in Glimmer Train's short story contest 2003, was published in the last issue of Kalliope and two poems, A LIKENESS and MOTOR RUNNING appeared in the last issue of Raritan Quarterly Review.

Alice Martell, of the Martell Agency, represents FRAGILE LAUGHTER, Greenberg's first book of short fiction.

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