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 has a degree in English literature and French language and literature. She completed an English teaching qualification (CELTA) and a postgraduate diploma in librarianship. She has a Master of Communication for Social Change, having written a thesis on small press strategies to publish and promote under-represented voices.

Jodie currently works part-time as Program Manager (BookSeeker) at the international literacy organisation, Library For All. Her role involves seeking out-of-copyright or creative commons children’s books that can be reissued as digital or print literacy books for a range of countries worldwide.

Jodie has worked as a writer and editor for over 18 years, in a variety of in-house and freelance roles with trade presses, university bodies, community organisations and international organisations. 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 also edited and proofread PhD theses and chapters, articles, organisational reports and website content.

Jodie’s own research focuses on small presses and social change, and she has supported Prof Kim Wilkins at The University of Queensland in her work around regional, community and small-press publishing. She 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.

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 for Social Change