Martha Everhart Braniff lives and writes from her Houston, Texas home, and has been a tireless and lifelong champion of the underprivileged. For years, she worked as a nurse at Ripley House in a community health program serving a mostly Hispanic neighborhood. After creating the first art program at the Harris County Juvenile Detention Center, in 1984 she founded Child Advocates, a non-profit organization serving abused children. Her work has given her a special empathy for “saints and sinners” that is reflected in her poems and stories which have received national and regional recognition. Articles about children caught on the dark side of the juvenile justice system have been published in several important journals and newspapers.
The following are community awards Braniff has received: Special Commendation Award, Texas Association for Marriage and Family Therapy; The Good Samaritan Award from the Samaritan Center; Entrepreneur of the Year, Social Responsibility, awarded by Inc. Magazine; Kappa Alpha Theta National CASA Executive Director of the Year; Houston Bar Association, Houston Young Lawyer’s Liberty Bell Award, Texas department of Human Services Outstanding Professional Service; City of Houston Mayor’s Award for volunteer service to children.
Literary awards include Featured Poet in Muse Squared 2004; Juried Poet for the 2003 Houston Poetry Fest; a short story nomination for the 2002 Pushcart Prize; the 2002 Santa Fe Actor’s Choice Award for her screenplay entitled SOLD. Her suspense novel “Beds of Broken Glass” was a finalist for the 2000 Bellwether Prize.
Published stories, poems and articles include Houston Woman Magazine; Santa Fe Poetry Broadside; Muse Squared; New Texas 2000; New Texas 2003; The Houston Chronicle; The Oracular Tree; Happy; Turbula; Sojourn; Curbside Review, 2002, 2003; 2004 Texas Poetry Calendar; Suddenly III, IV and V (available from Stone River Press); 2003 Wivla Flip Side Anthology; Seeds of Healing WIVLA Anthology; We Used to Be Wives: Divorce Unveiled Through Poetry; and many others.