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College of Arts and Humanities

Terry Martin

Department of English


Professor Emeritus

Curriculum Vitae | Awards & Publications

After teaching middle and high school English Language Arts for a number of years, Terry Martin earned an MA and PhD at the University of Oregon in Eugene. She has been at CWU since 1986, teaching general education, major, and graduate English courses, including Introduction to Literature, Composition, Multicultural Literature, The Short Story, Advanced Creative Nonfiction Writing, Teaching Young Adult Literature, and Poetry & Prose About Women and Nature. Dr. Martin has received numerous awards and honors. She is the recipient of CWU’s Distinguished Professor Teaching Award and Central’s Presidential Leadership Award. In 2003, Martin was honored as Washington Professor of the Year by the CASE/Carnegie Foundation—a national teaching award given to recognize extraordinary commitment and contribution to undergraduate education. An avid reader and writer, Martin has published over 200 poems, essays, and articles and has edited both journals and anthologies. Her first book of poems, Wishboats, won the Judges’ Choice Award at Bumbershoot Book Fair in 2000. Her most recent book of poetry, The Secret Language of Women, was published by Blue Begonia Press in 2006. She enjoys time at her river cabin up near Chinook Pass, long walks, campfires, movies on The Big Screen, live plays and concerts, hot/cheesy/spicy-food, Canadian Rummy with friends, etc. She lives with her family in Yakima, Washington, The Fruitbowl of the Nation.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D. (1986) University of Oregon; Eugene, OR. Curriculum & Instruction; English Education. Dissertation: A Content Analysis of Issues & Trends in Secondary English Curriculum & Instruction as Reflected in the Changing Focus of The English Journal
  • Master of Arts (1983) University of Oregon; Eugene, OR. Secondary Curriculum & Instruction. Project/Thesis: Writing to Learn in the Content Areas
  • Bachelor of Arts in Education (1979) Major: English Education; Minor: Psychology

Professional Experience

  • Professor of English (1996-2016) Central Washington University; Ellensburg, WA
  • Associate Professor of English (1991-1996) Central Washington University; Ellensburg, WA
  • Assistant Professor of English (1990-1991) Central Washington University; Ellensburg, WA
  • Assistant Professor of Education (1986-1990) Central Washington University; Ellensburg, WA
  • Graduate Teaching Fellow (1984-1986) University of Oregon; Eugene, OR
  • Research Assistant (1985) University of Oregon; Eugene, OR. Center for the Study of Women in Society
  • Graduate Teaching Fellow (1983-1984) University of Oregon; Eugene, OR
  • Secondary Teaching (1979-1982) La Center School District; La Center, WA. High school English and Psychology/Middle school Language Arts
  • Secondary Substitute Teaching (1979) Bellevue School District; Bellevue, WA
  • Student Teaching (1978) Interlake High School; Bellevue, WA

Sample Professional Service Activities

  • Editorial Reviewer for National Middle School Journal
  • Judge, NCTE Student Writing Achievement Awards
  • Judge, NCTE Program for Excellence in Student Literary Magazines
  • State Representative, NCTE’s Adolescent Literature Assembly Network
  • Creative Writing Editor, Washington English Journal
  • Reviewer, Statewide PRIDE Foundation Grants
  • CWU Art Selection and Permanent Collection Committee
  • CTL Student Scholarship Committee
  • English Department English Education Committee
  • Larson Gallery Guild Board of Directors

Professional Organization Memberships

  • National Council of Teachers of English
  • National Middle School Association
  • Washington Council of Teachers of English
  • Washington Poets Association
  • NCTE Conference on English Education
  • NCTE Adolescent Literature Assembly Network
  • NCTE Commission on Gender and Literacy
  • SLATE: Support for the Learning & Teaching of English

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Awards & Publications

Recent Awards/Honors

CASE/Carnegie Washington Professor of the Year, 2003

CEL Presidential Award for Leadership, 2001-2002

CWU Distinguished Professor-Teaching Award, 2000

Bumbershoot Book Fair Judges Choice Award: Wishboats (2000)


Recent Publications


Martin, T. (2014). The Light You Find. Blue Begonia Press: Selah, WA.

Martin, T. (2006). The Secret Language of Women. Blue Begonia Press: Yakima, WA.


Other Recent Scholarly and Creative Works

Martin, T. (forthcoming in 2016). “Searching for Buddha in Tieton” and “Behind Lids of Half-Closed Eyes.” Lit Fuse Anthology.

Martin, T. (forthcoming in 2016). “Why I Did It.” Subprimal.

Martin, T. (forthcoming in 2016). “Among Things That Break.” All We Can Hold: Poems of Motherhood. Sagehill Press

Martin, T. (forthcoming in 2016). “The Third Wrestler Cries,” “Office Hours,” and “Thirty Years Later I Defend My Dissertation All Night in a Dream and Wake Up Exhausted.” How Higher Education Feels: Commentaries on Poems That Illuminate the Experiences of Teaching and Learning. Sense Publishing:

Martin, T. (2016). “At Fifty-Eight.” Grey Sparrow Journal (Issue 27)

Martin, T. (2016). “Mother’s Day” and “Behind Lids of Half-Closed Eyes.”

Martin, T. (2015). “Brief Encounter with Anxiety,” “Water Signs,” And Apricots,” and “No Partner Today, Only the Beat of His Crazed Heart.” Golden Handcuffs Review (v11, n21). Golden Handcuffs Review Publications: Seattle, WA. 57-60.

Martin, T. (2015). “This is Where I Get to Thank You” and “Awake at 2 a.m.” Verse-Virtual (v1n11).

Martin, T. (2015). “What You Think About Rafting Through the Canyon on the Eighth Day of Rain.” Going Down Grand: Poems from the Canyon. Eds: Peter Anderson and Rick Kempa. Lithic Press: Fruita, CO. 96-98.

Martin, T. (2015). “Pants on Fire.” Seems (49). Lakeland College: Sheboyigan, WI. 26.

Martin, T. (2015). “Review of Canticle of Light and Dark by Paula Sayword.” Raven Chronicles (21). Raven Chronicles Publishing: Seatlle, WA. 77-78.

Martin, T. (2015).  “Throat Praise in the Desert,” “The Maker,” and “First of the Season.” Verse-Virtual (v1n10)

Martin, T. (2014). “Above the Garage Door, Facing East” and “Therapy, Year Two.” Earth’s Daughters (85). Earth’s Daughters Publishing: Buffalo, NY. 7, 21.

Martin, T. (2014).  “Reading/Writing Notebook.” Floating Bridge Review (7). Floating Bridge Press: Seattle, WA. 41.

Martin, T. (2014). “Sipping Coffee in His Backyard Garden.” Cirque (10). Clock Point Press: Anchorage, AK. 80.

Martin, T. (2014). “Terrier.” RiverRun. Quincy University Press: Quincy, IL. 15.

Martin, T. (2014). “Sorrow.” Poetry Pacific.

Martin, T. (2014). “While You’re in D.C.,” “Here, Where Even the Rocks Have Names,” and “Yakima Postcard, to Carel.” Sinister Wisdom. (94). 68-71.

Martin, T. (2014). “All That Holds Us Here: An Editor’s Remembrance of Kim-An Lieberman.” Raven Chronicles (20). Raven Chronicles Publishing: Seattle, WA. 15-18.

Martin, T. (2014). “Spark.” Grey Sparrow Journal. (v5n4) 12. )

Martin, T. (2014). “First of the Season.” Prick of the Spindle (v8, n3).

Martin, T. (2014).”Working the Booth at Auntie’s Fireworks.” Earth’s Daughters (84). Earth’s Daughters Publishing: Buffalo, NY. 48.

Martin, T. (2014). “What Does it Take to Change a Town?” Glassworks Magazine (8). p.67.

Martin, T. (2013). “In Our Garden, the Smiling Stone Buddha.” Grey Sparrow Review.

Martin, T. (2013). “Backyard.” Catamaran Literary Reader v1n3 Catamaran Literary Reader Inc: Santa Cruz, CA. 127.

Martin, T. (2013). “That Summer I Read The Fountainhead.” Earth’s Daughters v83. Earth’s Daughters Publishing: Buffalo, NY. 33.

Martin, T. (2013). "A Question of Rivers." Cirque: A Literary Journal for the North Pacific Rim. 4(2). Clock Point Press: Anchorage, AK. 22.

Martin, T. (2013). "The Third Wrestler Cries" and "Giving the Test." This Assignment is So Gay: LGBTIQ Poets on the Art of Teaching. (Ed. Megan Volper). Sibling Rivalry Press: Alexander, AR. 86-89.

Martin, T. (2013). "Evening on Schuller Grade." The Far Field (July 29, 2013). Wa State Poet Laureate Program.

Martin, T. (2013). "Here on the Edge of Desert." Music in the Air Anthology. (Ed. Whitney Scott). Outrider Press: Chicago, IL. 111.

Martin, T. (2013).  "Her Hair is Red," "Dialogue," and "What Would it Take?: Crosscurrents. 21(1). National Council Teachers of English/WILLA: Urbana, IL. 5, 10, 14-16.

Martin, T. (2013). "Sunday Drive." Keys to Silence Anthology. Cave Moon Press: Yakima, WA. ***

Martin, T. (2013). "Sunset, Schuller Grade." 4 & 20. 6(4) April, 2013.

Martin, T. (2012). "Waking from a Fruitful Sleep." Rockhurst Review. Rockhurst University Press: Kansas City, MO. 51.

Martin, T. (2012). "Terrier."  RiverRun. Quincy University Press: Quincy, IL. 16.

Martin, T. (2012). “Starting.” Whirlwind Review. (3)

Martin, T. (2012). "Peace is Every Thing in its Right Power" and "Here on the Edge of Desert." Spindrift.  Shoreline Community College: Shoreline, WA. 18, 29.

Martin, T. (2012). "Ongoing Conversation" and "In the Space Provided Below, Tell Us About Yourself." Impact: An Anthology of Short Memoirs. Ed. Coco Harris. Telling Our Stories Press: Charleston, SC. 135-38.

Martin, T. (2012). "Kindred Spirit" and "Amsterdam." Adrienne Rich: A Tribute Anthology. (Ed. Katharyn Howd Machan). Split Oak Press: Vestal, NY. 19, 83.

Martin, T. (2012). "Bedtime." Bijou Poetry Review. June 2, 2012.

Martin, T. (2012). "Retrieval" and "The Singular, The Solitary." Yakima River Poems: A Sense of Place-The Washington State Geospatial Poetry Anthology+ exhibit "Voices of the River: Life Along the Yakima." CWU Museum of Culture and Environment

Martin, T. (2011). "Cooking for You" and "Root Canal." Floating Bridge Review. No. 4. Floating Bridge Press: Seattle, WA 35, 36.

Martin, T. (2011). "What if, Picking Out Her Headstone." Earth's Daughters. #79. Earth's Daughters Publishing; Buffalo, NY. 48.

Martin, T. (2011). "Howling Like a Coyote." A Sense of Place: Washington State Geospatial Poetry Anthology.

Martin, T. (2011). "Even the Stones" and "November Morning, Useless Bay." Spindrift. Shoreline Community College: Shoreline WA. 15, 26.

Martin, T. (2011).  "Herbs," "Why She Strolls Along a City Sidewalk Eating Raspberries," and "August Ripening." Broken Circles: A Gathering of Poems for Hunger. Cave Moon Press: Yakima, WA. 80-83.

Martin, T. (2011). "Hiking Naches Heights." Paper Nautilus.
Word 91.

Martin, T. (2011). ""And it was Autumn." Bijou Poetry Review

Martin, T. (2011). "Behind Lids of Half-Closed Eyes." Calyx. (26, 2). Calyx Press: Corvallis, OR. 85.

Martin, T. (2011). "The Power of Movies to Disturb." Cascade. Washington Poets Association: Seattle, WA. 65.

Martin, T. (2010). "When My Sister Cut French Class." Rattle: Poetry for the 21st Century  (Issue 33,v16, n1). Rattle Foundation: Studio City, CA. 111.

Martin, T. (2010).  "Sunflower Hill." Windfall: A Journal of Poetry and Place. Windfall Press: Portland, OR. 37.

Martin, T. (2010).  "The Place I Dream of When I Dream of Home." The Great American Poetry Show (v 2). Muse Media Publishing: West Hollywood, CA, 76.

Martin, T. (2010). "Moving On" and "September Ripens, and So Do We." Poets of the American West.  Many Voices Press: Flathead Community College, Kalispell, MT. 431.

Martin, T. (2010). "Journal." Authorship.  National Writers' Association: Parker, CO.

Martin, T. (2010)."Sleepless, Again."  Signs of Life: Contemporary Jewelry, Art, and Literature. Facere Gallery: Seattle, WA, 16.

Martin, T. (2010). “End of March.” Spindrift. Shoreline Community College: Seattle, WA. 22.

Martin, T. (2010). “In the Hospital, Waiting.” Rattle Website Poem of the Week. 5/22/2010.

Martin, T. (2010).  “Reading Basho in Naches Heights.” Bijou Poetry Review.

Martin, T. (2010). “August Ripening, Yakima Valley” and “Dreams.” Parting Gifts (v21, n2) March Street Press: Greensboro, NC. 116-17.

Recent Public Poetry Readings

Roslyn Poetry Series
Basecamp Books, Roslyn WA (April 26, 2016)

Duvall Poetry Series
Duvall Public Library (October 7, 2015)

Portland Book Club
Vancouver, WA (September 20, 2015)

Tall Women Looking Reading (with Blue Begonia writers)
Hugo House, Seattle, WA (August 13, 2015)

Northwinds Reading Series (with Dan Peters)
Port Townsend, WA (May 14, 2015)

Get Lit! (with Brooke Madsen)
Spokane Convention Center (April 25, 2015)

Ellensburg Friends of the Library
Hal Homes Community Center, Ellensburg, WA (April 20, 2015)

Broadway Books (with Kate Gray)
Portland, OR (March 5, 2015)

Clackamas Community College (with Michael Spence)
Portland, OR (March 5, 2015)

Olympia Poetry Network
Traditions Café, Olympia, WA (February 18, 2015)

Stringtown Reading
Auntie’s Books, Spokane, WA (January 30, 2015)

Auntie’s Books
Spokane, WA (January 29, 2015)

CWU Lion Rock Reading Series
Ellensburg, WA (January 27, 2015)

Elliott Bay Books (with Elissa Ball)
Seattle, WA (December 7, 2014)

Lopez Island Public Library
Lopez Island, WA (October 30, 2014)

Vashon Island Public Library
Vashon Island, WA (October 29, 2014)

The Light You Find Yakima Book Release
Seasons Performance Hall, Yakima, WA (October 15, 2014)

Cirque Journal Release Reading
Bothell, WA (September 23, 2014)

Toledo Public Library (with Elizabeth Austen)
Toledo, WA (Septenber 13, 2014)

Kim-An Lieberman Memorial Reading
Inklings Books, Yakima, WA (September 9, 2014)

Soul Food Reading Series (with Dan Peters)
Soulfood Books, Redmond, WA (August 21, 2014)

ARTSWashington Board Dinner & Reading
Yakima Light Gallery, (August 5, 2014)

Yakima Light/Write Project
Seasons Performance Hall, Yakima, WA (June 26, 2014)

2nd Place Winner Allied Arts Regional Poetry Contest
Yakima, WA (April 18, 2013)

Material Girls in a Material World: Poems & Images from Naches Heights (with Jane Gutting)
Pecha Kucha-Tieton Arts & Humanities; Tieton, WA  (June 30, 2012)

Adrienne Rich Tribute Reading (with Marge Piercy & other contributors to anthology)
Ithaca Community Center; Ithaca, NY  (September 8, 2012)

A Sense of Place Anthology Reading
CWU Lion Rock Reading Series, Ellensburg, WA (May 7, 2012)

Whatcom Poetry Series
Lucia Douglas Gallery, Bellingham, WA (February 24, 2012)

Allied Arts Featured Reader
Yakima, WA (February 8, 2012)

Hedgebrook Alumni Reading
Seattle, WA  (May 25, 2011)

Cascade Journal Release Party
WA Poets Association; Leavenworth, WA  (May 22, 2011)

Burning Word Poetry Festival
Leavenworth, WA (May 21-22, 2011)

Honorable Mention Award/Allied Arts Juried Poetry Contest
Yakima, WA  (April 21, 2011)

Yakima Symphony Chorus 40th Anniversary Poetry & Choral Music by Washington ArtistsSeasons Performance Hall: Yakima, WA  (Feb 26, 2011)

Crosscurrents WA Community College Humanities Association 30th Anniversary Poetry Reading
Larson Gallery, Yakima Valley Community College (Jan 26, 2011)

Zone 4 Reading Series
J. F. Thamm Gallery: Spokane, WA  (Sept 26, 2010)

Poets of the American West Anthology Reading
Elliot Bay Books, Seattle, WA  (Sept 2, 2010)

Allied Arts Text/Image Show Reading
Yakima, WA (August 18, 2010)

WSU/Tri-Cities Poetry Reading Series
Richland, WA  (March 4, 2010)

Voices Between the Lines: Women’s Votes, Women’s Voices Centennial Reading
Allied Arts, Yakima, WA  (February 21, 2010)

SAGE Burns Night Reading
Yakima, WA  (January 25, 2010)


Examples of Papers Presented

A Quiet Place in the Swirl: Reading and Writing Poetry
BaseCamp Books
Roslyn, WA (April 26, 2016)

What Melts into Shadow and What Persists: Kim-An Lieberman and Her Poetry
Jack Straw Studios
Seattle, WA (May 4, 2014)

Not All Who Wander are Lost: Strategies for Revising Your Reading of Poems
Washington Council of English Language Arts State Conference
ESD 105, Yakima, WA  (Oct 23, 2010)

Making a Book: Manuscript Development, Selection, and Publication
Yakima Valley Community College
Yakima, WA (April 10, 2009)

Call and Response: Poetry and the Gift Exchange
Richard Hugo House
Seattle, WA (Oct 26, 2008)

Ears Awake, Eyes Open: Poetry and its Gifts
Yakima Valley Regional Library Staff Conference at Yakima Valley Museum
Yakima, WA (March 7, 2008)

A Quiet Place in the Swirl: Why Poetry Matters
Yakima Valley Community College Writers & Ideas Series
Yakima, WA (April 2, 2007)

Getting to Truth and Wonder
Yakima Valley Community College Writers & Ideas Series
Yakima, WA (May 15, 2006)

Raise Your Hand When You Understand It: Revising Your Reading of Poems
Northwest Regional NCTE Language Arts Conference
Lewiston, ID  (March 16-19, 2005)

I Wanted to Tell You: The Poetry of Raymond Carver
Yakima Valley Community College Raymond Carver Conference
Yakima, WA  (January 31, 2004).

Critical Consciousness and Teaching Stance: Our Shifting and Multiple Identities
College Conference on Composition and Communication
New York, NY  (March 21, 2003)

Explorando Fronteras Nuevas: Teacher-Poets Read Their Work
National Council of Teachers of English Spring Convention
Portland, OR  (March 9, 2002)

Recent Exhibits of Scholarly & Creative Work

“Evening, Schuller Grade”
Yakima Light/Write Text/Image Exhibit with David Hagen
Seasons Performance Hall (July 26-September 5, 2014)

"Retrieval" and "The Singular, The Solitary"
Exhibit "Voices of the River: Life Along the Yakima."
CWU Museum of Culture and Environment  (October-November, 2012)

“Therapy, Year Two” and “Even the Stones”
Text/Image Exhibit with Delma Tayer: Allied Arts Gallery
Yakima, WA (July-August, 2010)

"Artist Diary/What the Notebook Hold" (with artist Joan Cawley-Crane)
Word & Image III Exhibit: Allied Arts Gallery
Yakima, WA  (October 4-November 9, 2003)

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