Real-world advice from someone who has been there—that’s what every fledgling writer needs.

Since its inception in 1992, the writer-in-residence program has featured poets, novelists, essayists, playwrights and screenwriters. These writers share professional insight, wisdom and encouragement with people interested in writing as a hobby or a profession.

The writer in residence is available for discussion, consultation or editorial comment. Appointments are free and open to everyone—new and seasoned writers, members of the MacEwan community and the general public.

Meet M.L. Martin

2024 Writer in Residence

M.L. Martin (they/she) is an interdisciplinary poet and translator, whose experimental translation of the Anglo-Saxon poem commonly known as ‘Wulf and Eadwacer,’ W&E, will be published with Action Books in spring 2025. This work aims to revise the critical interpretation and reception of the enigmatic poem and to recover this radical text to the feminist, queer and experimental canons to which it belongs. Their translations can be found in Arkansas International, Brooklyn Rail, Black Warrior Review, The Capilano Review, Columbia Journal, The Cortland Review, Gulf Coast, The Kenyon Review Online, The Literary Review, Poetry in Action, Waxwing and elsewhere.

Their chapbook of ekphrastic prose poems, called Theater of No Mistakes (Anhinga Press), is in conversation with the work of the American Surrealist painter Philip C. Curtis and the mise en scène of the Sonoran Desert, and contains a feminist ecopoetics—from an oblique angle. Their poetry has appeared in Denver Quarterly, Diagram, Event Magazine, The Fiddlehead, Interim, The Massachusetts Review, Prism International and many other Canadian and American literary journals.

Their language-based installation, Journey to Shoshone Falls, uses archival material and found texts to create textual interventions in the archival landscape of a masterwork and was shown at The Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma from October 2019—March 15, 2020. Their micro-chapbook of the same name is now available from Walls Divide Press.

An editor for Asymptote, with grants from Bread Loaf, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Tulsa Artist Fellowship and Vermont Center for the Arts, they’re the founder of the Translation Now! symposium.



M.L. Martin is available for meetings with students, faculty and the broader community during the winter 2024 term. Additionally, they are happy to arrange class visits.

They will be on campus on Mondays and Thursdays, from 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. in room 6-227. Drop-in visits are welcome.


Writers who would like to be considered for MacEwan’s Writer in Residence should send a short email stating their interest, along with a short literary c.v., to Selection Committee Chair Mark Smith.

Past writers in residence

Our writer-in-residence program has hosted many distinguished novelists, poets, literary non-fiction writers, screenwriters and playwrights since its inception in 1992.

  • Audrey Whitson – 2023
  • Naomi K. Lewis – 2022
  • Darrin Hagen – 2021
  • Anna Marie Sewell – 2019
  • Jaspreet Singh – 2018
  • Deborah Willis – 2017
  • Marina Endicott – 2016
  • Peter Norman – 2015
  • Dr. Susan Minsos – 2014
  • Richard Van Camp – 2013
  • Pierrette Requier – 2012
  • Lynn Coady – 2011
  • Don Trembath – 2010
  • Debby Waldman – 2009
  • Dan Vyleta – 2008
  • Tim Bowling – 2007
  • Jacqueline Baker – 2006
  • Marilyn Dumont – 2005
  • E.D. Blodgett – 2004
  • Nigel Darbasie – 2003
  • Curtis Gillespie – 2002
  • Scot Morison – 2001
  • Sally Ito – 2000
  • Thomas Wharton – 1999
  • Alice Major – 1998
  • Caterina Edwards – 1996
  • Fred Stenson – 1995
  • Cora Taylor – 1994
  • Mary W. Walters – 1993
  • Gloria Sawai – 1992

Get to know our writers in residence