About Me

I live in Edmonton with my two children, a few steps away from the river valley, trying to make a life out of writing and reading, laughter and creativity, work and play. These days I’m home part-time with my kids (6 years and 3 years old), and I’m also working on a novel, writing essays, and beginning a new manuscript of poems. Hence “writer in residence.”

I started trying to write stories when I was 10, but abandoned my work when I discovered how hard it was. I’ve been writing poetry since I was a teenager, because reading poetry made me realize it was possible to talk about things I thought it wasn’t possible to talk about. I kept writing through university but didn’t take it seriously as a possible path or profession until I started a Master’s degree in Philosophy. I realized that for me the “love of wisdom” meant thinking not only in abstractions, but also in/through the images and concrete details that literature relies on.

Now my life is full of “concrete details” (I’m often stepping on them on the living room carpet). Now I’m ready to do the work, even though I’m still discovering how hard it is. I’m reading to my own kids now, and learning (still) how to talk about impossible things.

More About Me

In 2012, I won a National Magazine Award for Personal Journalism for my essay “A Container of Light,” which became part of the anthology of essays I co-edited with Jessica Hiemstra, entitled How to Expect What You’re Not Expecting: Stories of Pregnancy, Parenthood and Loss (Touchwood Editions, 2013). In 2013, my poem “Believing is not the Same as Being Saved” won The Malahat Review‘s Open Season Award for Poetry.

I love to edit, and teach, to read, and to talk about writing. I am always open to taking on editing and teaching contracts, so please feel free to contact me.

Here is an interview I did with Susan Scott at The New Quarterly. I can’t say enough for the editors at TNQ. Submit, subscribe, support them! http://theliterarytype.ca/2011/12/the-desire-to-understand-lisa-martin-demoor-on-crafting-the-personal-essay/

And, here’s a review of One crow sorrow in The Goose (pdf, 116 KB). Full journal online (volume 008, Fall 2010) at The Goose, Journal of the Association for Literature, Environment, and Culture in Canada.

Listen to Garrison Keillor read a poem from my book (skip to 2:15) on The Writer’s Almanac. Woot, woot!