Jodie Lea Martire is a writer, editor, translator and researcher based in Brisbane, Australia. She has a profound commitment to using beautiful language to create a just and sustainable world. Jodie acknowledges that she lives and works on the unceded lands of the Jagera and Turrbal peoples – their sovereignty has never been ceded.
Jodie Martire has a degree in English literature and French language and literature. She completed an English teaching qualification (CELTA) and a postgraduate diploma in librarianship. In 2021 she completed a Master of Communication for Social Change, having written a thesis on small press strategies to publish and promote under-represented voices. From July 2023, she is undertaking a PhD looking into minority-language publishing in Australia and its relationship to the defence of language rights.
Jodie has worked as a writer and editor for over 19 years, in a variety of in-house and freelance roles with trade presses, university bodies, community organisations and international organisations. She is currently the publishing manager of permaculture publishing house Melliodora Publishing. Her editing clients include Lonely Planet, UN-INSTRAW (now part of UN Women), Monash University English Language Centre, University of Sydney Law School, Melbourne Museum and Workplace Learning Initiatives. In addition, she has edited and proofread PhD theses and chapters, articles, organisational reports and website content.
Jodie’s own research has explored small presses, justice and representation in publishing, and social change. Jodie has supported Prof Kim Wilkins at The University of Queensland in her work around regional, community and small-press publishing and regularly teaches into undergraduate and postgraduate courses on participatory communication and social movements. Jodie has also prepared a survey of issues impacting global communication rights for the World Association of Christian Communication, and published a directory of pro-women organisations in the Mexican state of Chiapas (in English and in Spanish).
Jodie has lived and worked in Latin America and is a fluent Spanish speaker. She has experience in women’s rights, human rights and international development in Mexico and Colombia. She has completed Spanish-English translations for international and local organisations like UN Women (and its former subsidiaries UNIFEM and UN-INSTRAW), Peace Brigades International (UK, Mexico and Colombia), Lilla: International Women’s Network, International Service for Peace (Sipaz), Peace and Diversity Australia, FOCA and Ocean Press.
Jodie’s articles have appeared in ReNew, Sanctuary and Organic Gardener, and her content has been published by Lonely Planet. She has written and edited communication material for Diaspora Action Australia and The Tropical Fruits Inc., and her poetry has appeared in Hecate, Sol, Going Down Swinging and Australian Love Poems 2013.
Jodie also previously worked as Program Manager (BookSeeker) at the international literacy organisation, Library For All. Her role involved seeking out-of-copyright or Creative Commons children’s literacy readers that could be reissued as digital and print books for a range of countries and languages worldwide.
Education and Qualifications
- Bachelor of Arts in English and French
- RSA/Cambridge Certificate in English Teaching to Adults (CELTA)
- Graduate Diploma of Science (Information Services)
- Master of Communication in Communication for Social Change
- Professional Member of the Institute of Professional Editors
- Member of the Australian Society of Authors
- Associate Member of the Small Press Network
- Member of The Bibliographical Society of Australia and New Zealand Inc.
- Member of The Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing