From Roman Catholic nun and Associate Professor of English to management trainer and business writer, Carolyn Martin’s life has taken her from coast to coast, from twenty years in the convent (1963 - 1983) to the next twenty-four on the conference stage, from poetry to business writing and back again.
She is the co-author of four books on generational diversity in the workplace and has traveled across North America teaching seasoned managers how to coach younger employees. She wrote articles for numerous business publications including Global HR and Nursing Management, and her work has been cited in dozens of periodicals around the world from Beijing to Montreal, Buenos Aires to London.
After retiring from the business world in 2008, she returned to her first love--poetry. Her poems have appeared in a variety of journals, and her first poetry collection, Finding Compass, was published by Queen of Wands Press in 2011.
Her second collection, The Way a Woman Knows, is scheduled for release in early 2015 by The Poetry Box. According to award-winning poet Kathleen Halme, this collection is filled with “intimacy, feistiness, smarts and charm … . [Carolyn] is a poet deeply invested in everyday holiness … . In love with mysteries brought down to earth, she knows what contemporary oracles are for… . She handles the most difficult subjects – death, gender identity, love, families, war, and belief – with great compassion and clarity.” The Way a Woman Knows will available both in paperback and digital formats.
Carolyn currently lives in Clackamas, Oregon, where she gardens, writes, and plays with creative colleagues.