Martin BREUL

Martin BREUL
Contact Information
Email address: 
martin.breul [at]

Arts Building
853 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, QC H3A 0G5

Doctoral Students
Cultural Studies
Specialization by geographical area: 
United States
Specialization by time period: 
Book History
Critical Theory
Identity & Representation
Sociology of Literature
Areas of interest: 

comics studies, refugee literature, Canadian literature, world literature, contemporary writing, online poetry and publishing, Cold War literary history, trauma theory


Martin Breul’s FRQSC-funded project examines the sociological and aesthetic make-up of literary online publishing and its relationship to conventional literary institutions. He also currently works on a reception study of CanLit Boom era fiction in socialist East Germany and the movement of Canadian writing across the Iron Curtain into the smaller German state and its censorial, government-run publishing industry. Finally, Martin pursues work in the field of refugee comics, in which he completed his M.A. research at McGill and delivered numerous conference papers examining how the versatile literary form of the graphic novel interacts with the pressing subject matter of increasing global survival migration and a global shift towards the right in rejection of such population movement. He is a member of the McGill Refugees Research Group and a tutor at the McGill Writing Centre.

Besides his academic research, Martin writes and publishes poetry, reviews, and flash fiction in print and online. His first chapbook of collected poetry, love poems suck, appeared in 2023 with Montréal-based micropress Cactus Press. He has appeared at readings across Scotland, Canada, and Germany, and is the operations manager of the Montreal International Poetry Prize, housed by the Department of English at McGill.


Ph.D., McGill University (exp. 2026)
M.A., McGill University, 2022
M.A. (Hons.), Glasgow University, 2019

Current research: 

Comics and graphic narratives of war, refugeehood, and trauma; the sociology and aesthetics of online literary culture; the migration of Canadian fiction into the GDR; relationship discourse in contemporary British and Anglo-American fiction.

Selected publications: 


Fire Cider Rain, by Rhiannon Ng Cheng Hin.” periodicities: a journal of poetry and poetics, 1 November 2023. 

(Vice) Viscera, by Willow Loveday Little.” periodicities: a journal of poetry and poetics, 2 February 2023.

“Every Fruit Is a Peach If You Dream About It.” Rev. of Saturn Peach, by Lily Wang. The Common Breath, 1 January 2021.

Creative Work

Poetry (selected)

love poems suck, Cactus Press, October 2023.

“Boreal Twilight” and “Currents.” Spare Parts Literary, February 2023.

“Flakes.” sage cigarettes magazine, October 2022.

Atlanticide.” Acta Victoriana, March 2022.

“Glutton.” Variety Pack, issue 7, February 2022, p. 2. Issuu.

Echoes.” RESURRECTION magazine, May 2021.

“Teenage Squirrels.” Growing Up: Lifespan Vol. 2, edited by Matt Potter, Pure Slush, 2021, pp.

“At the Injection Moulding Machine at 3:30am.” Healthy Boy Zine, April 2021.

“Overgrowth.” Riverbed Review, December 2020.

“Mend.” Wet Grain, vol. 1, 2020, pp. 54-55.

Blood Carpet.” The Honest Ulsterman, October 2020.

Roots and Seeds.” The Wild Word, September 2020. 


Fortune Cookie Wisdom.” The Red Lemon Review, October 2021.

Steak Serenade.” From Glasgow to Saturn, May 2021. []

“Tabula Rasa.” The Speculative Book 2021, edited by Dale MacMullen and Sam Small, Speculative Books, 2021, pp. 42-44.

Awards, honours, and fellowships: 
  • Bourses de doctorat en recherche, FRQ-SC, 2023-2027
  • Masterstipendium, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), 2020-2022
  • Mona Elaine Adilman Poetry Prize, McGill University, 2021
  • Graduate Student Essay Awards, 3 rd prize, McGill Refugees Research Group, 2023
  • Nominated for Best-of-the-Net 2023, Variety Pack, 2022
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