Award-winning writer, teacher
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Books

  • Through a Certain Forest

    Through a Certain Forest

    Through a Certain Forest draws us irrevocably into the faerie- and ghost-inhabited wilderness where we’ve all been lost in dreams.…

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  • Bared: Contemporary Poetry and Art on Bras and Breasts

    Bared: Contemporary Poetry and Art on Bras and Breasts

    Bared: Contemporary Poetry and Art on Bras and Breasts anthology collects the work of 170 contemporary women poets and artists.

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  • Velocipede

    Velocipede

    A collection of poetry about a ride, with a magical, imaginative opening sequence "Your first bike was a hot pink…

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  • People Like Cats

    People Like Cats

    People Like Cats is a collaborative book with art by Chuka Susan Chesney and poetry by Laura Madeline Wiseman published…

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  • Leaves of Absence

    Leaves of Absence

    A collaborative project, Leave of Absence: An Illustrated Guide to Common Garden Affection, with art and illustrations by Sally Deskins…

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  • An Apparently Impossible Adventure

    An Apparently Impossible Adventure

    A strange and wondrous world in this ambitious new collection. In deft turns, Wiseman travels multiple geographies – the world…

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  • The Hunger of the Cheeky Sisters: Ten Tales

    The Hunger of the Cheeky Sisters: Ten Tales

    In the second person of these relentlessly gritty stories, you are not a spectator, but a participant, as the far-from-ordinary…

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  • Drink

    Drink

    There are mermaids in our midst. They couple with sailors. They regard great cities from their floating vantage points in…

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  • Wake

    Wake

    With nods to fairy tales, mythology, and Emily Dickinson, Wake imagines a female Death, both tender and brutal

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  • The Bottle Opener

    The Bottle Opener

    On a quaint vacation to the ocean, a Midwestern couple finds a drift bottle, and another, until there are dozens.…

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  • Threnody

    Threnody

    Threnody explores the figure of lady-death, an icon come to life in these poems about the death cart, the death…

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  • American Galactic

    American Galactic

    American Galactic explores the sci-fi realm of Martians, crop circles, abductions, and how humans face an extraterrestrial invasion: "I don't…

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  • Some Fatal Effects of Curiosity and Disobedience

    Some Fatal Effects of Curiosity and Disobedience

    Finalist for the 2013 Backwaters Prize Nominee for the Elgin Award, 2015 & 2016 In this campy, contemporary retelling of…

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  • Spindrift

    Spindrift

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  • Intimates and Fools

    Intimates and Fools

    Honor Book for the 2015 Nebraska Book Award for Cover/Design/Illustration Intimates and Fools couples body art and poetry to intimate…

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  • Queen of the Platform

    Queen of the Platform

    Queen of the Platform are poems are based on the life of Laura Madeline Wiseman’s great-great-great-grandmother, the nineteenth century lecturer,…

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  • First Wife

    First Wife

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  • Stranger Still

    Stranger Still

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  • Men and Their Whims

    Men and Their Whims

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  • Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence

    Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence

    Selected for the Nebraska 150 Book List The anthology Women Write Resistances: Poets Resist Gender Violence (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2013)…

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  • Unclose the Door

    Unclose the Door

    The poems in the letterpress book Unclose the Door are based on the life of the nineteenth century lecturer, Matilda…

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  • Sprung

    Sprung

    Semi-finalist for the 2010 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize by Persea Books Sprung, is bold and exacting of our assumptions…

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  • Farm Hands

    Farm Hands

    Farm Hands is a limited edition letterpress book published by a letterpress in housed at Bradley University in Heuser Hall…

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  • She Who Loves Her Father

    She Who Loves Her Father

    Finalist for the 2010 Apprentice House Chapbook Competition Praise for She Who Loves Her Father Related Links

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  • Branding Girls

    Branding Girls

    Finalist for the 2009 Cervena Barva Press Poetry Chapbook Contest Branding Girls delves into consumerism, brands, and advertising while using…

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  • Ghost Girl

    Ghost Girl

    Semi-Finalist for the 2009 Robin Becker Chapbook Prize Ghost Girl explores memory loss and recovery after relocation. While many of…

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  • My Imaginary

    My Imaginary

    Finalist for the 2008 Midnight Sun Chapbook Contest Semi-Finalist for the 2008 Robin Becker Chapbook Prize Honorable Mention for the…

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