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New Books

Madeline's newest book of poetry is What a Bicycle Can Carry (BlazeVOX [books], 2017). This collection documents a 4,280-mile cross-country journey by bicycle of things found, repurposed, and upcycled. It includes the award-winning poem "Epicenter," selected for the Canada Poetry Contest #1, Wax Poetry and Art /Canada Poetry Magazine, 2018.

Madeline's first full-length collection of essays A Bicycle’s Echo (Red Dashboard, 2018)
includes “Finding the Gap on Dead Man's Run” selected as a Finalist in the 41st New Millennium Writings 2016 Literary Awards for Nonfiction and “Seven Cities of Good” which was the Honorable Mention in the 2016 Pacifica Literary Review Creative Nonfiction Contest. This collection brings together cycling and a love for dogs.

A new collaborative chapbook with Andrea Blythe, Every Girl Becomes the Wolf, has been released from Finishing Line Press. It explores the received images of the feminine in fairy tales to resist the common tropes of red riding hoods, gilded mirrors, and iced palaces.

Madeline’s Through a Certain Forest 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.

Book Awards, Finalists, & Honor Books

Madeline’s collaborative book with artist Sally Deskins Leaves of Absence: An Illustrated Guide to Common Garden Affection (Red Dashboard, 2016) is an Honor Book for the 2017 Nebraska Book Award.

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.


Recent Publications & Honors

Madeline’s poetry has recently appeared in the anthologies The Said: A Multi-Genre Anthology of Contemporary Collaborative Writing (Black Lawrence Press), Voices from the Plains (Nebraska Writers Guild), Moving Beyond Mars (Red Dashboard), and Nasty Women Anthology (Lost Horse Press). Other poems have recently appeared in Bacopa Literary Review, Boneshaker Almanac, Pink Panther Magazine, Star*Line, and elsewhere.

Her poem, “Working on Worth,” is a Special Merit Winner in Comstock Review's 2018 Muriel Craft Bailey Poetry Contest, judged by Maggie Smith. Her poem "Epicenter" won Second Place in the Wax Poetry and Art / Canada Poetry Magazine's Canada Poetry Contest #1 in 2018. Her poem "Wind Release" won Second Place in Poetry in the 2017 Power of Wind Art Show at the Kregel Windmill Factory Museum. Her poem "If I Began to be a Kind of Magical Guest, Then Others Work There," was nominated by Priestess & Hierophant Press for a 2017 Pushcart Prize. Always Crashing nominated her "3 Works" for a 2017 Pushcart Prize. Her poem "Like a Glowing Fire, After War," was nominated by Mobius for a 2017 Pushcart Prize. Silver Blade nominated her poem "After the Night Ride" for a 2017 Pushcart Prize in Poetry.


Recent Events

In 2018, Madeline read in the reading series Imaginary Gardens and An Evening at Mo Java. She read in anthology readings of Voices from the Plains (Nebraska Writers Guild) and Guide to More Nebraska Authors (John H. Ames Reading Series in the Heritage Room at Bennett Martin Library). She also read in the Nebraska Book Festival (NWG) and for the Writers Guild in Bloomington, Indiana. She signed books at the 7 Cities Century Bike Ride.

She taught the "Writing Collaborative Intensive Workshop" at the 2018 Greater Nebraska Writers Conference. She lead two sessions in the "Writing the Necessary" 2018 Nebraska Writers Guild Poetry Retreat held at the Lied Lodge in Nebraska City, NE.

In 2017, she presented at the You Are Here Conference in Omaha, the Steel Pen Creative Writers’ Conference in Indiana, and the C.D. Wright Conference in Arkansas. She also read in the A Celebration of Nebraska Books, a Nasty Women Poets anthology reading at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and the Imaginary Garden Reading Series in Omaha.

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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.