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Lisa Martin

Lisa Martin
Sessional Instructor

Email: lisa.martin@concordia.ab.ca

Education and Interests:

  • Vanier Scholar (PhD in-progress), 2017-present, University of Alberta
  • MA, English, 2006, University of Alberta
  • BA (Hons), English and Creative Writing, 2004, University of Alberta
  • BA, Philosophy, 2001, The King’s University

My PhD dissertation research focuses on creative writing pedagogy in the context of 21st century humanities education. I am interested in what creative writing practice as a mode of thinking and engaging might have to offer to contemporary post-secondary learning more broadly. My first collection of poetry, One crow sorrow (Brindle & Glass, 2008), won the Writers’ Guild of Alberta’s Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry. My second collection of poetry, Believing is not the same as Being Saved (University of Alberta Press, 2017) was a finalist for the City of Edmonton Book Prize, the Book Publishers’ Association of Alberta’s Robert Kroetsch Award for Poetry, and the Stephan G. Stephansson Award. I am co-editor (with Jessica Hiemstra) of How to Expect What You’re Not Expecting: Stories of Pregnancy, Parenthood, and Loss (Touchwood Editions, 2013), an anthology of literary essays by Canadian authors. How to Expect What You’re Not Expecting won a Bronze Medal at the  International Independent Publisher Awards (IPPYs) in 2015. My creative nonfiction work has twice been nominated for a National Magazine Award in the Personal Journalism Category. My essay “A Container of Light” won a Silver Medal at the National Magazine Awards in 2012.

I teach creative writing and introduction to literature and academic writing.

Select Publications:

Martin, Lisa. “Prologue to a Bliss State,” The New Quarterly. Fall 2019 (forthcoming). Poetry.

“How Has Climate Change Changed Childhood?” in The Edmonton Journal, June 8, 2019. Creative Non-Fiction (CNF).

“The Good Death,” in The New Quarterly, Spring 2018. CNF.

Martin, Lisa. Believing is not the same as Being Saved. University of Alberta Press, Spring 2017. Poetry.

“Two,” in Eighteen Bridges. Summer 2018. Poetry.

“A solstice is an astronomical event,” in Literary Review of Canada. Jan/Feb 2016. Poetry.

If You Really Aren’t a Racist, Take this Online Test,” in Rattle. November 2015. Poetry.

Hiemstra, Jessica and Lisa Martin-DeMoor, Eds. How to Expect What You’re Not Expecting: Stories of

            Pregnancy, Parenthood, and Loss. Touchwood Editions, Fall 2013. CNF.

“A Container of Light,” in The New Quarterly. Fall 2011. CNF.

Martin-DeMoor, Lisa. Assertions of Likeness. Gaspereau Press • Printers and Publishers, Devil’s Whim

Chapbook Series, 2010. Poetry.

“Breathing in the northern forest,” and “Hinge,” in The Fiddlehead. Spring 2009. Poetry.

Martin-DeMoor, Lisa. One crow sorrow. Brindle & Glass, Spring 2008. Poetry.

“‘You must give death a name’: (Re)reading Lola Lemire Tostevin’s ‘Small Amulets’ and ‘A Portrait,’”

in Open Letter: A Canadian Journal of Writing and Theory. Series 5. Spring 2005. Criticism.