Samuel Martin 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.

ENG250LC - Literary Contexts

ENG292 - Introduction to Narrative and Verse

ENG350 - Reading and Writing Short Fiction

ENG352 - Reading and Writing Poetry

ENG380 - Special Topics in Writing

Specific subject matter of this course will vary from semester to semester, but will always focus on an issue in composition studies or a genre of writing. Courses will include both readings and student writing within the genre and will be designed to welcome both majors and non-majors.Prerequisite: ENG184 or ACT English score of 30 or above (SAT 680 or higher).(2-4 credits)

ENG398 - Directed Study


ENG420 - Advanced Writing Project

The heart of the course is an advanced project in artistic, journalistic, or scholarly writing. Students also assemble a portfolio of their best writing and related work, plan writing or study beyond college, and read to gather perspectives on their vocation. Prerequisite: ENG292 and one of the following: ENG350, 351 or 352. (4 credits; alternate years, consult department)

ENG480 - Special Topics in Literature and Culture

In this seminar we analyze interpretive problems in literature and their relation to cultural theories and conditions. Particular attention is given to questions germane to Christian experience and thought.(4 credits, non-yearly, consult department)

ENG499 - Honors Research

IGE101 - First-Year Seminar: Speaking and Writing in Community

I am interested in:

Fiction writing (both short stories and novels)

Creative nonfiction (personal essays and memoirs)

Contemporary Newfoundland and Labrador literature

The fiction of David Adams Richards

The noir genre in North Atlantic contexts (Canada, Scandinavia, Ireland, U.K.)

The history, practice, and cultural significance of Fantasy writing

Contemporary art writing using the personal essay.

(2012–present) Assistant Professor in English at Northwestern College, Orange City, IA

(2009-2011) Course Instructor at Memorial University of Newfoundland (English Department)

(2011) Mentor in Short Fiction through the Writer’s Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador

(2012) Judge for the Percy Janes First Novel Award through the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council

(2011-12) Assistant Organizer and Media Representative for the Sparks Literary Festival in St. John’s, NL., Canada

The Writer's Union of Canada (TWUC)

(2014) Northwestern Endowed Research Fellowship for novel project Odin’s Eyes

(2013) A Blessed Snarl nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

(2013) Mellon Scholarship in Creative Writing from the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies at the University of Southern California

(2012) Writer-in-Residence (April-June) through the Fogo Island Arts

(2011) This Ramshackle Tabernacle nominated for ReLit and BMO Winterset Awards

(2010-11) Two Professional Writing Grants from the Newfoundland & Labrador Arts Council

2006-12 Full funding for M.A. creative project and Ph.D. thesis from Canada’s Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)