Department of English
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.
Sample Professional Service Activities
Professional Organization Memberships
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)
Selected Recent Papers Presented
Getting to Truth and Wonder: Why Poetry Matters
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 Conciousness 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)
Martin, T. (2006). The Secret Language of Women. Blue Begonia Press.
Martin, T. (2005). "Stains, Cracks, Chips on the Rim: Teacher Identity/Teacher Stance in the Composition Classroom." Inland: A Journal for Teachers of English Language Arts. INCTE. (26)2, 10-13.
Weathered Pages: The Poetry Pole (2005). Edited by Jim Bodeen, Terry Martin, Dan Peters, and Rob Prout. Blue Begonia Press: Yakima, WA.
Martin, T. (2005). "Sunday Afternoons" and "Surviving Winter." Spindrift. Shoreline Community College: Shoreline, WA. 45 & 85.
Martin, T. (2005). "Invisible Guests: The Poetry Pole and its Invitation." Weathered Pages: The Poetry Pole.Blue Begonia Press: Yakima, WA. 23-25.
Martin, T. (2004). "If We Could Go Out to Lunch." Calyx. (22)2, Calyx, Inc: Corvallis, OR. 46-47.
Martin, T. (2004). "In the Hospital, Waiting." Rattle. Issue 22 (10)2. Frieda Fox Foundation: Studio City, CA. 56.
Martin, T. and Stevens, H. (2004). "Stirring it Up with Poetry: Teaching 'Gossip' by Judith Steinberg." WILLA. (v. XIII) NCTE: Urbana, IL.4-8.
Martin, T. (2004). "What the Notebook Holds." ByLine Magazine. No. 282. Edmond, OK. 19.
Martin, T. (2004). "Among Things That Break." Mute Note Earthward. Washington Poets Assoc: Seattle, WA. 48.
Martin, T. (2004). "The Man Who Loves Chairs." The Sow's Ear: Poetry Review. Donalds, SC.(XIII)4, 21.
Martin, T. and Bennett, M. (2004). "Traveling to Birmingham with the Watsons." Inland: A Journal for Teachers of English Language Arts. INCTE. (26)1, 7-11.
Martin, T. (2004). "Among Things That Break." What Will Take Root? A Raven Chronicles Forum. Phoebus Publications: Seattle, WA, (10), 35.
Martin, T. (2004). "Taking the Test." Inland: A Journal for Teachers of English Language Arts. INCTE. (26)1, 20.
Martin, T. (2003). "Narratives about Teaching Writing: Thinking Through Assessment in Planning Writing Assignments." But Will it Work with Real Students?: Scenarios for Teaching Secondary English Language Arts. NCTE: Urbana, IL, 64-67.
Martin, T. (2003). "When I Read This Story, I Felt at Home: Teaching Native American Literature in the English Language Arts Classroom." Washington English Journal. (25)1 and 2, 15-17.
Martin, T. (2003). "What Enrages Us, What Sustains Us: Reflective Narratives by Women Teachers at Midlife." Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture. Duke University Press, (3)3, 479-82.
Martin, T. and Brown, T. (2002). Backwards in Time and Forwards in Spirit: Teaching The Year of Impossible Goodbyes. ALAN Review. NCTE. (29)2, 49-53.
Martin, T. (2002). Teaching English as Right Livelihood. Inland: A Journal for Teachers of English Language Arts. INCTE. (24)1, 27-29.
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