I am the Director of Scholarly Communication at the University of North Texas Libraries.  I work on open scholarly publishing, scholarly impact & assessment, Open Access ,OER, and open textbooks, journal hosting,  and digital scholarship initiatives. I serve as a collection development liaison for the departments of English, and Communication Studies. I also serve as our Comics Studies subject librarian and organize our Comics Studies at UNT community.

I serve on the Board of Directors for the Digital Cultural Studies Co-Operative (formerly Digital Frontiers) a community of makers and users of digital resources for the humanities, and as a member of the ACRL Scholarly Communication Roadshow team.

I  hold a PhD in American literature and have scholarly interests in American Romanticism, gothic & horror fiction and film, poetry, religion & literature, comics studies, and literary pedagogy. I’ve published scholarly work on Edgar Allan Poe, Emily Dickinson, H.P. Lovecraft, and the pedagogy of horror, as well as other professional writing on scholarly communication, information literacy, and comics studies. I am currently the Book Review Editor for The Edgar Allan Poe Review.


University of North Texas, College of Information
M.S., Library Science

Northwestern University
Ph.D. American Literature

Rice University

B.A., English/Psychology of Religion


  • Martin, John E. “A Journal of One’s Own:  Developing an Innovative, Values-Driven Open Journal,” in Scholarly Communication and Open Culture, edited by Josh Bolick, Maria Bonn, and Will Cross. Chicago, IL: Association of College & Research Libraries, 2024 [in press]

  • Martin, John E. ” ‘And she grew strangely’: Poe, Women, and Comics,” in Poe and Women: Recognition and Revision, edited by Amy Branam Armiento and Travis Montgomery, Lehigh University Press, 2023, 109-132.

  • Martin, John E. “Scholarly Communications,” in The Future Academic Librarian’s Toolkit. Ed. Megan Hodge. Association of College and Research Libraries, 2018.

  • Martin, John E. “Skins & Bones: The Horror of the Real,” in Fear and Learning: Essays on the Pedagogy of Horror. Ed. Aalya Ahmad and Sean Moreland. McFarland Press, 2013. Available at: https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc915702

  • Martin, John E.  “A Snare in Every Human Path: ‘Tamerlane’ and the Paternal Scapegoat,” Deciphering Poe: Subtexts, Contexts, Subversive Meanings. Perspectives on Poe Series. Ed. Alexandra Urakova. Lehigh University Press/Roman & Littlefield, 2013. Available at: https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc915703/

  • Martin, John E.  “Anne Bradstreet,” “Frances Sargent Osgood,” “Elizabeth Oakes Smith”, and “Sarah Helen Whitman,” The Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Poets and Poetry. Ed. Jeffrey Gray. Westport, CT and London: Greenwood Press, 2006.

  • Martin, John E. “Revisiting the Nineteenth-Century Poe Controversies,” Review of Benjamin F. Fisher, Poe in His Own Time (University of Iowa Press, 2010). Poe Studies: History, Theory, Interpretation, v. 44: 1, Fall 2011. 106-114. Available at: https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc915701/

  • Martin, John E. Disquieting Intimacies: Confession and the Gothic Poetic in Edgar Allan Poe and Emily Dickinson. Ann Arbor, Mich: UMI Dissertation Services, A Bell & Howell Co, 2009. Print.

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    American Library Association

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    Poe Studies Association

    Comics Studies Society

    Texas Regional Society for the Study of American Women Writers

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