Martin, Irene 1946- (Irene Elizabeth Martin)

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Martin, Irene 1946- (Irene Elizabeth Martin)


Born 1946. Education: York University, B.A. (hons.), 1969; University of Toronto, B.L.S., 1970; University of British Columbia, M.L.S., 1975.


Office—St. James Episcopal Church, 1134 Columbia St., Cathlamet, WA 98612.


Librarian, 1970-73, including positions at Cambrian College of Applied Arts and Technology, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, and Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada; freelance writer, 1974—. Ordained Episcopal priest, 1992; St. James Episcopal Church, Cathlamet, WA, priest, board member of St. James Family Center, 1988—. Co-owner of three fishing vessels working on the Columbia River, Willapa Bay, Bristol Bay, and Alaska; Salmon for All, board member, 1998-2002; Lower Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group, board member, 2003—; Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission, advisor, 2005—. Skamokawa Community Library, volunteer librarian, 1974—; Friends of Skamokawa Foundation, founding board member, 1986-89, historian and archivist, 1988—; Wahkiakum Mental Health, board member, 1992-96; Wahkiakum County Lewis and Clark Task Force, member, 2000—.


James B. Castle Heritage Award, Center for Columbia River History, Washington State Historical Society, 1998; Washington Governor's Heritage Award, 2000.


Legacy and Testament: The Story of Columbia River Gillnetters, Washington State University Press (Pullman, WA), 1994.

The Beach of Heaven: A History of Wahkiakum County, Washington State University Press (Pullman, WA), 1997.

Lewis and Clark in the Land of the Wahkiakums: A Local Companion to the Journals, Scrub Jay Press (Tollhouse, CA), 2003.

Sea Fire: Tales of Jesus and Fishing, Crossroad Publishing (New York, NY), 2003.

Author of scripts for slide and tape presentations. Contributor to periodicals, including Portage and Washington Heritage.


Irene Martin told CA: "I have always been interested in writing, going back to grade school. I am particularly influenced by the natural environment; I spend a lot of time just observing. I tend to write in spurts, where I work twelve to fourteen hours a day for a period of weeks, and then not at all for weeks. I need time to reflect on what I have written, and then come back to it and rewrite.

"I find writing very physically demanding. Sitting for many hours concentrating on a computer screen makes my muscles stiff and my eyes tired by the end of the day. Sea Fire: Tales of Jesus and Fishing is my favorite book; it is my best work."



Pacific Historical Review, May, 1999, Robert E. Ficken, review of The Beach of Heaven: A History of Wahkiakum County, p. 345.

Public Historian, spring, 1999, review of The Beach of Heaven, p. 115.

Reference & Research Book News, May, 1998, review of The Beach of Heaven, p. 50.

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