Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Self-Identification: A dual US/Canadian citizen, I moved to Canada from Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1977. During Covid, I found my biological father's family, and I now enjoy three new brothers and a sister. My roots on that side are Greek/Turkish and Hungarian Roma, whereas on my mother's side, I am the great-great granddaughter of American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and can trace my lineage back to the Mayflower and further throughout the British Isles. Nevertheless, I am committed to decolonization with the guidance of many gracious Indigenous friends. I have a rare immune deficiency that requires regular gammaglobulin infusions, so if you've ever given blood, THANK YOU! Find me on Facebook as Lynne Pieper Martin.
I've studied opera, earned 2 English degrees, raised 3 children, and pursued 6 careers. Returning to my first love, I now study playwrighting at the University of Winnipeg. A finalist in Sarasvàti Theatre’s 2019 Bake-Off contest, I later joined the 2022 Sage Hill Playwriting Lab under Guillermo Verdecchia. In the same month, my short play Houses was produced as a staged reading by Little Lion Theatre in London, UK. Besides the Manitoba Association of Playwrights and PGC, I belong to Arts AccessAbility Network Manitoba, and I volunteer on the board for the Winnipeg International Writers Festival. Ask me about Ndinawe!