English faculty

Samuel Martin, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of English

Ph.D., Memorial University of Newfoundland
M.A., University of Toronto
B.A., Redeemer University College

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Dr. Martin joined Northwestern's English department faculty after completing a doctorate in English language and literature at Memorial University of Newfoundland, where he taught courses in short fiction, poetry, drama and the novel. He holds a master's degree in creative writing from the University of Toronto.

Martin is the author of a collection of short stories entitled This Ramshackle Tabernacle and a novel entitled A Blessed Snarl, along with many other pieces of short fiction and creative nonfiction. He is currently working on his second novel.

Professional experience

  • Writer in Residence at the Fogo Island Artist Studios through the Fogo Island Arts Corporation
  • Judge for the Percy Janes First Novel Competition through the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council
  • Course instructor, Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • Mentor in Short Fiction as part of the Writer's Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador's Writing Mentorship Program


  • The Writer's Union of Canada (TWUC)
  • The Writer's Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador (WANL)
  • Lecturer's Union of Memorial University of Newfoundland (LUMUN)


  • Writer Residency at Fogo Island Artist Studios, 2012
  • This Ramshackle Tabernacle, long-listed for the ReLit Award in Short Fiction, 2011
  • Professional Writing Grant from the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council, 2011 and 2010
  • "Like a spread-eagled cat suspended" (Relief: Issue 5.1) nominated for the Pushcart Prize in Creative Nonfiction and recipient of Relief's Editor's Choice Award, 2010
  • The Cuffer Award for Short Fiction: 3rd Place, 2010
  • Salty Ink Short Fiction Award: 2nd Place, 2010