About the Author
Camille Martin is the author four collections of poetry: Looms (forthcoming from Shearsman Books), Sonnets , Codes of Public Sleep , and Sesame Kiosk (out of print). A chapbook, If Leaf, Then Arpeggio , was recently released from Above/Ground Press.
Of Sonnets, Rae Armantrout observes that “in some ways, these poems are
almost traditional,” yet “in these taut, fast-paced, self-aware poems,
the lyric meets 21st-century paranoia and sparks fly.” Carol Dorf writes
that Martin creates “a world where science and myth intersect,” a
“world of a mind reflecting on itself, the natural and built
environments, time, and language.” And Jordan Scott speaks of “the
magnificence in these poems, a poetic magnetic, propelling you to turn
She has presented and published her work internationally. Last year, her
tour to promote Sonnets, funded by the Canada Council for the Arts,
brought her to several cities in Canada as well as venues in the United
Kingdom, Ireland, and France. Her poetry has been published in Canada,
the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, and Chile, and translated into German and Spanish. It has garnered major
grants from the Ontario Arts Council (for Sonnets) and from the Toronto
Arts Council (for Looms).
One of her current poetry projects is “Blueshift Road.” She's also working on “The Evangeline Papers,” a poetic
sequence based on her Acadian/Cajun heritage and her participation in
archaeological digs at an eighteenth-century village in Nova Scotia,
where her finds included ancestral pipes and wine bottles.
Martin earned an MFA in Poetry from the University of New Orleans and a PhD in English from Louisiana State University.
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