Renita is the author of two books, Rhythm Visions Never Do Be Finished (poetry, Rhythm Visions Production Company) and Shotgun Wedding (a play, Samuel French). Her plays, Lo She Comes, Blue Fire on the Water, and her most popular show, Five Bottles in a Six-Pack, have won her several awards. With a focus on storytelling, Renita has also written several plays, poems, anthologies, articles, children’s educational materials and scripts used to mediate issues in prison.

She is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, the National Writers Union.

Renita’s upcoming book of poetry, It is the Seeing, published by Wildhart Press, is set to launch in December 2021


It is the Seeing

“Renita Martin’s collection of poems, It is the Seeing, is an intimate reading experience, an invitation to eavesdrop on her memories and thoughts that provide insights into her life’s journey. Her wordsmithing is choreographic, a kaleidoscopic dream that dances across the pages to distinctly Black American rhythms and melodies; down home blues, urban jazz, sweet soul, and hallelujah shouts. Martin’s distinctive Mississippi voice is infused with the cross-pollination of Northern USA, global and Queer cultural influences. Her writing is visceral. Enjoy the ride.”

-Elmo Terry-Morgan, Associate Professor, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island

Rhythm Visions Never Do Be Finished

“Renita has a way of going inside herself and going inside of other people as well. She’s speaking for so many people. It’s almost like a spiritual thing.”

– Jacqui Parker, Actress


Make Me a Blessing: The Myrlie Evers Story

My Free Sun (Lyrics by Avery “De LaGhetto” Collins)

Blue Fire on the Water

Jezebel’s Lipstick

Lo She Comes

Five Bottles in a Six Pack

Step Sistah

It Is the Seeing

No Parking

Peace in the Midst


2021 recipient of Art Matter Foundation’s Artist2Artist fellowship

All Out Art’s “Fruitee Award for Outstanding Play”

“Arch Bruce and Brown Play Award”

National Performance Network’s “Creation Fund Grant”

Community service awards from theFenway Health Center, Boston Women’s Service Club, and Eta Phi Beta Sorority.


Writing – 11 Black Poets to Read on Black Poetry Day

Writing and acting – Renita Dish Full of Hope, Jackson Free Press

Writing and acting – Top Ten Reasons We Love Renita Martin, Curve Magazine

Writing – Blue Fire on the Water, Edge Boston

Writing – Lo She Comes, Theatre Mirror Review

Writing – The Justice Playbook