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Here’s a little something about me:
Camille Martin is the author of four collections of poetry: Looms (2012) and Sonnets (2010), both from Shearsman Books; Codes of Public Sleep (2007), and Sesame Kiosk (2001, out of print). A chapbook was recently released from Above/Ground Press: Sugar Beach (2014). Above/Ground Press also published a chapbook in 2011: If Leaf, Then Arpeggio.
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 the page.”
She has presented and published her work internationally. In 2010, 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 R Is the Artichoke of Rose, a collection of minimalist poems, and Blueshift Road, a collection influenced by astronomy. 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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