Award-winning writer, teacher
and scholar



Laura Madeline Wiseman

Laura Madeline Wiseman is the author of the books of poetry Journey to Nowhere (Finishing Line Press, 2019), What a Bicycle Can Carry (BlazeVOX [books], 2018), Velocipede (Stephen F. Austin University Press, 2016), An Apparently Impossible Adventure (BlazeVOX [books], 2016), Drink (BlazeVOX [books], 2015), Wake (Aldrich Press, 2015), Some Fatal Effects of Curiosity and Disobedience (Lavender Ink, 2014), Queen of the Platform (Anaphora Literary Press, 2013), and others. Her collection of essays is A Bicycle's Echo (Red Dashboard, 2018). She is also the author of collaborative collections, including Every Girl Becomes the Wolf (Finishing Line Press, 2018) with Andrea Blythe, People Like Cats (Red Dashboard, 2016) with Chuka Susan Chesney, Leaves of Absence (Red Dashboard, 2016) with Sally Deskins, The Hunger of the Cheeky Sisters (Les Femmes Folles Books, 2015) with Lauren Rinaldi, and Intimates and Fools (Les Femmes Folles Books, 2015) with Sally Deskins. She edited two poetry anthologies, Bared: Contemporary Poetry and Art on Bras and Breasts (Les Femmes Folles Books, 2017) and Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2013). She is the Editor of The Chapbook Interview.

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 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

  • Journey to Nowhere

    From Finishing Line Press, this collection features Pushcart Prize nominated poems from Always Crashing and Priestess & Hierophant Press.

  • What a Bicycle Can Carry

    This collection published by BlazeVOX documents a 4,280-mile cross-country bicycle journey of things found, repurposed, and upcycled.

  • A Bicycle’s Echo

    New from Red Dashboard, this illustrated linked-collection of essays brings together cycling and a love for dogs.