Award-winning writer, teacher
and scholar


Laura Madeline Wiseman

Laura Madeline Wiseman is the author of several collections of poetry, including Velocipede, a Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award Finalist published by Stephen F. Austin State University Press. Other books of poetry include What a Bicycle Can Carry, Through a Certain Forest, An Apparently Impossible Adventure, Wake, Some Fatal Effects of Curiosity and Disobedience, Sprung, American Galactic, and Queen of the Platform. Her newest poetry book is Journey to Nowhere from Finishing Line Press. Her newest chapbook of poetry is Diversions from Dancing Girl Press. Great River Legs is her most recent book published by Zea Books. It blends prose poetry, creative nonfiction, and found poetry.

Madeline has collaborated on books with writers, artists, designers, and illustrators, including Intimates and Fools and Leaves of Absence, both with Sally Deskins. Other collaborative books include People Like Cats and The Hunger of the Cheeky Sisters. Her newest collaborative chapbook is Every Girl Becomes the Wolf with Andrea Blythe, published by Finishing Line Press.

Madeline is also the author of prose. Her collection of creative nonfiction is A Bicycle's Echo published by Red Dashboard. Her newest book of creative nonfiction is Safety Measures published by Zea Books.

She is the editor of The Chapbook Interview. She edited two poetry anthologies, Bared: Contemporary Poetry and Art on Bras and Breasts and Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence.

Her poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and reviews have appeared in Margie, Mid-American Review, Poet Lore, Blackbird, Arts & Letters, Prairie Schooner, Feminist Studies, The Iowa Review, Ploughshares, and Calyx.

She earned a B.S. in Women’s Studies and English Literature from Iowa State University, an M.A. in Women’s Studies from the University of Arizona, and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She recently earned a second M.A. in Integrated Media Communications from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

She has received an Academy of American Poets Award, a Louise Van Sickle Fellowship, the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation Fellowship, and grants from the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts and the Center for the Great Plains Studies.

Featured Books

  • Great River Legs

    From the riverboat paths of Mark Twain to the footpaths of the Natchez Trace Trail, this book documents a bike adventure along rivers.

  • Safety Measures

    A cross-country bike adventure. This journey wonders what measures make the road less dangerous and more safe for solo wandering by bicycle.

  • Yoga Birds

    Singing crows, diving swans, and preening peacocks join eagles in this fun, kid-friendly yoga book. Yoga Birds is published by Zea Books.