A poet who performs with Jazz musicians.
Martha Cinader graduated with honors from The Spence School in New York City
in 1980. Fascinated by Jazz and the underground music scene in New York City,
she worked as a fashion model and spent a lot of time listening to live music. Her
first published piece of writing was an interview with the jazz musician Monty
Waters, that was published in The East Villager. She traveled with her partner
around Europe for six years, on what could barely be called a circuit of expatriate
jazz musicians. Leaving from Munich she returned to New York City with a three
year old daughter in 1990.
She was a producer and on-air host for most of the nineties at WBAI Radio
99.5FM where she produced a weekly arts magazine, and also wrote and
produced twelve episodes of Marvelina, a science fiction radio drama, and four
episodes of Mission of Love, later produced as a two act play written in iambic
pentameter at Club Vinyl. She also hosted a weekly arts magazine for which she
produced numerous author interviews. Some of them are transcribed in her ebook
American Authors Unplugged, available exclusively at cinader.com.
Cinader hosted a weekly performance series called Listen & Be Heard, and
developed a repertoire of poetry with music, returning to Europe on a few small
tours, and appearing at jazz and poetry festivals in New York and California. Most
of that material was recorded on a CD entitled Living It! The title cut, was put out
on vinyl, by Liquid Sound Lounge Records, and persists as an underground hit,
and is included on several compilations around the world, including Universal
While hosting the performance series Cinader developed a series of biographical
stories about fascinating people in history and was invited to perform them at the
Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Upon her return, the stories were published by Tenth
Avenue Editions in a slim volume entitled Dreamscape: Real Dreams Really Make
a Difference. The second edition was released in March 2015.
Her second book published is When the Body Calls, a collection of poetry and
fairy tales, and entries in the journal of Senator Sin, was published by Writers and
Readers, Harlem River Press in 1999.
She also had a short poem/story published in an anthology called Dick for a Day
(Villard Books) under the pen name Senator Sin, that Publisher’s Weekly called
After growing weary of eviction notices in New York City, she moved to Vallejo,
California, located in the bay area, in 1999. She continued Listen & Be Heard
there, where she met her future husband. Together they started a newspaper
called Listen & Be Heard Weekly that reached a run of 6000 copies of around 40
pages a week, and was distributed around the bay area. They also opened Listen
& Be Heard Poetry Cafe, which became renowned in the area. They ran both
businesses for five years, before closing down in 2008, and moving to Greenville,
South Carolina in 2009.
Currently gardening, cooking and preserving their own food while raising their
three growing boys, Cinader blogs about being a virgin homesteader, among
other things, and is available for poetry and storytelling events in the region. Her
forthcoming novel Marvelina, is a fairy tale for grown women.