Chloe Martinez is a scholar of South Asian religions and a poet. She lives in Claremont, CA with her husband and two daughters. She is the Program Coordinator for the Center for Writing and Public Discourse at Claremont McKenna College, as well as Lecturer and Fellow in Sikh Studies in CMC's Department of Religious Studies.
She is a graduate of Barnard College, where she was a Mellon Mays Fellow, and received the MA/PhD in Religious Studies from UC Santa Barbara. Her research and teaching interests include religions of South Asia; medieval North Indian devotional movements; poetry and autobiography in South Asia; and South Asian American religious worlds. Her research has appeared in The Medieval History Journal and South Asia, and has been funded by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, AIIS, and SSRC-Mellon Mays. She is at work on her first monograph, a book on religion and autobiography in pre-modern and modern South Asia.
She is also a graduate of Boston University’s Creative Writing MA and the MFA for Writers at Warren Wilson College, where she was a Holden Scholar. The author of the chapbook Corner Shrine (Backbone Press, 2020), and the collection Ten Thousand Selves (The Word Works, forthcoming 2021), her poems have appeared in Ploughshares, The Common, Waxwing, Prairie Schooner and elsewhere, and have been five times nominated for a Pushcart Prize, as well as for Best New Poets and Best of the Net. She is a poetry book reviewer for RHINO and one of the organizers of a reading series, The Sprawwl.