She began her writing career at the original Details magazine, writing a column about plastic surgery called Knifestyles of the Rich and Famous. She went on to write book reviews, essays and celebrity profiles for other magazines, such as Movieline, Cosmopolitan and The New Yorker. Currently, she serves as executive director of the Woodstock Writers Festival, a yearly gathering of writers and readers in Woodstock, New New York
Martha is host of Woodstock Writers Radio, a Sunday morning radio talk show on WDST in Woodstock, New New York
Her memoir, Hats & Eyeglasses, chronicling her family"s lifelong love affair with gambling, was published in 2008 (Tarcher/Penguin Group). "Hats and eyeglasses" is an old gambling expression describing an unfortunate run at the table.
In Frankel"s childhood, gambling equated to friendship, food and laughter. Her second book, Brazilian Sexy: Secrets to Living a Gorgeous and Confident Life (co-written with Janea Padilha) was published in April 2010 (Perigee/Penguin Group).
Her essay "Looped Yarn" appears in the anthology Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting (2013), published by West. West. Norton & Company.
She was the 1997 Philip Morris Fellow at the MacDowell Colony, and the 2003 Artist-in-Residence at State University of New York Ulster, where she taught a class in memoir writing.