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Martin Shaw


Dr. Martin Shaw is an acclaimed teacher of myth and author of the award-winning Mythteller trilogy. He founded the Oral Tradition and Mythic Life courses at Stanford University, and is director of the Westcountry School of Myth in the UK. Shaw has introduced thousands of people to mythology and how it penetrates modern life. For twenty years, he has been a wilderness rites of passage guide, working with at-risk youth, those who are unwell, returning veterans, as well as numerous women and men seeking more depth in life. His translations of Gaelic poetry and folklore (with Tony Hoagland) have been published in magazines such as Orion and Mississippi Review. Shaw’s recent books include Courting the Wild Twin (2020) and Smoke Hole: Looking to the Wild in the Time of the Spyglass (2021). His essay and conversation with Ai Weiwei on myth and migration was released by the Marciano Art Foundation.

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