Award-winning writer, teacher
and scholar



Laura Madeline Wiseman

Laura Madeline Wiseman is the author of An Apparently Impossible Adventure (BlazeVOX [books], 2016), Wake (Aldrich Press, 2015), and the collaborative book with artist Chuka Susan Chesney People Like Cats (Red Dashboard, 2016), a 2016 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award Finalist for Pets & Animals. Her book Drink (BlazeVOX [books], 2015) won the 2016 Independent Publisher Bronze Book Award (IPPY Award). Her book Some Fatal Effects of Curiosity and Disobedience (Lavender Ink, 2014) was nominated for the 2016 Elgin Award. Poems collected in Queen of the Platform (Anaphora Literary Press, 2013) were awarded the 2011 Susan Atefat Peckham Fellowship in Poetry. Her collaborative short story collection with artist Lauren Rinaldi, The Hunger of the Cheeky Sisters: Ten Tales (Les Femmes Folles Books, 2015), includes work that won the 2011 Spittoon Fiction Award, the 2008 Mari Sandoz/Prairie Schooner Award for Fiction, and was a Honorable Mention for the 2009 Arts & Letters/Susan Atefat Peckham Prize selected by Paul Lisicky. She is the author of ten chapbooks, including She Who Loves Her Father (Dancing Girl Press, 2012), which was a finalist for the 2010 Apprentice House Chapbook Competition. Her collaborative book with Sally Deskins Intimates and Fools (Les Femmes Folles Books, 2015) was an Honor Book for the 2015 Nebraska Book Award and her collaborative book Leaves of Absence: An Illustrated Guide to Common Garden Affection with artist Sally Deskins published by Red Dashboard, was an Honor Book for the 2017 Nebraska Book Award. Her book Velocipede (Stephen F. Austin University Press), which includes “Roadside Kiddie Pool” that won the 2015 Beecher’s Award in Poetry, was a 2016 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award Finalist for Sports. Her collaborative chapbook with Andrea Blythe is Every Girl Becomes the Wolf from Finishing Line Press. Her recent books are A Bicycle's Echo published by Red Dashboard and What a Bicycle Can Carry published by BlazeVOX [books]. Forthcoming from Finishing Line Press is her full-length collection of poems, Journey to Nowhere.

Her poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and reviews have appeared in Margie, Mid-American Review, Poet Lore, Blackbird, Arts & Letters, Prairie Schooner, Feminist Studies, The Iowa Review, Ploughshares, Calyx, and American Short Fiction. 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. Her poem “When We’re Not Hiking” was a finalist for the 2015 District Lit Poetry Prize. Her essay “Seven Cities of Good” was an honorable mention for the Pacifica Literary Review’s 2015 Creative Nonfiction Contest Award. Her essay “Finding the Gap on Dead Man’s Run” was selected as a Finalist in the 41st New Millennium Writings 2016 Literary Awards for Nonfiction.

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), served as the Guest Editor for Issue #18 – Historical (Re)Tell of Cahoodaloodaling, and is the Editor of The Chapbook Interview. Currently, she teaches writing at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and 24PearlStreet, the Fine Arts Work Center’s online writing program.

Featured Books

  • Journey to Nowhere

    Forthcoming 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.