Jerry Martien has lived on the northern California coast for nearly half a century, supporting his writing habit as a book clerk, doorman, poet in the schools, carpenter, and Humboldt State writing instructor. He has served on numerous boards and committees advocating environmental and social justice and occasionally reads his poetry at public meetings and ceremonies. He is the author of several chapbooks and two poetry collections, “Pieces in Place” and “Earth Tickets,” and two histories of money, “Shell Game: A True Account of Beads and Money in North America” and “The Price of a Life: Shell, Gold, Carbon Notes & Weed in the Humboldt Bay/Six Rivers Region.”