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Book Award, Finalists, & Honor Book

Madeline’s book Velocipede (Stephen F. Austin State University Press, 2016) is a 2016 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award Finalist for Sports. Following the story of a long-distance bike ride, Velocipede includes the award winning “Roadside Kiddie Pool,” which won the 2015 Beecher’s Award in Poetry.

Madeline’s collaborative book with artist Chuka Susan Chesney People Like Cats (Red Dashboard, 2016) is a 2016 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award Finalist for Pets & Animals.

Madeline’s book Drink (BlazeVOX [books], 2015) won the 2016 Independent Publisher Bronze Book Award (IPPY Award). Madeline’s collaborative book with artist Sally Deskins, Intimates and Fools, was selected as an Honor Book for the 2015 Nebraska Book Award for Cover/Design/Illustration. The anthology Madeline edited, Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2013) made the Nebraska 150 Book List for the Nebraska 150 Celebration.

New Books

Madeline’s newest book is Through a Certain Forest (BlazeVOX [books], 2017). The collection includes the poem "Dwelling Near Hills, Mounds, and Hillocks," that Lime Hawk selected for the Sundress Publications Best of the Net nominations for 2017.

Bared: Contemporary Poetry and Art on Bras and Breasts, a new anthology that Madeline edited, collects the work of 170 contemporary women poets and artists. The work resists given narratives about the breast and bra by boldly presenting alternatives in written and visual art.

Recent Publications and Honors

Madeline’s work has recently appeared in the anthologies After Coetzee: An Anthology of Animal Fictions (Faunary Press), Red Sky (Sable Books), and Raising Lilly Ledbetter (Lost Horse Press). Other poems and essays have recently appeared in Oyster River Pages, The Nottingham Review, Mobius, Star*Line, Pithead Chapel, and elsewhere.

She was The Poet of the Month in April 2016 for The Inquisitive Eater. Her essay “Seven Cities of Good” is an honorable mention for the Pacific Literary Review’s 2015 Creative Nonfiction Contest Award. Her poem "Wind Release" won Second Place in Poetry in the 2017 Power of Wind Art Show at the Kregel Windmill Factory Museum.

Upcoming Events

5 August 2017
BARED Show Opening
curated by Sally Deskins
Ground Floor Gallery
942 4th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37210

19 September 2017
Imaginary Gardens Reading Series
Mister Toad
1002 Howard St
Omaha, NE 68102

28 October 2017
Steel Pen Creative Writers’ Conference
"Weaving Writers, Weaving Words"
Fair Oaks Farm
856 N 600 E
Fair Oaks, IN 47943

3-4 November 2017
C. D. Wright Women Writers Conference
"Reaching Out"
University of Central Arkansas
Conway, AR

Featured Books

  • 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. Evocative as hell, it draws on the accumulated weight of human folktales; even the title…

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  • 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

    A collection of poetry about a ride, with a magical, imaginative opening sequence "Your first bike was a hot pink Schwinn with a banana seat, a basket with flowers, yellow tassels fluttering...." If you follow…

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