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New Books

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.

Forthcoming is a new collaborative chapbook with Andrea Blythe, Every Girl Becomes the Wolf, 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 newest book of poetry 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.

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 After Coetzee: An Anthology of Animal Fictions (Faunary Press), Peacock Journal Print Anthology 2 (Little Red Tree), Nasty Women Anthology (Lost Horse Press), and Nuclear Impact (Shabda Press). Other poems have recently appeared in Gingerbread House Literary Magazine, rkvry, Oyster River Pages, Soul-Lit, Star*Line, The Nottingham Review, Moon Magazine, and elsewhere.

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 2017, Madeline presented at the You Are Here Conference in Omaha, NE in March, the Steel Pen Creative Writers’ Conference in Rensselaer, IN in October, and the C.D. Wright Conference in Conway, AK in November. She read in A Celebration of Nebraska Books in Lincoln, NE in October, in the Pop Up Poetry reading in Highland, IN in October, in the Nasty Women Poets anthology reading in Lincoln, NE in October, and the Imaginary Garden Reading Series in Omaha, NE in September.

Upcoming Events

May 2018 An Evening at Mo Java
Thursday May 3, 6 PM
Mo Java
Lincoln, Nebraska

Guide to More Nebraska Authors Reading
John H. Ames Reading Series
Sunday April 22, 2 PM
Heritage Room at Bennett Martin Library
Lincoln, Nebraska

2018 National Poetry Month
Thursday April 5, 6 PM
Mo Java
Lincoln, Nebraska

Voices from the Plains Reading
Nebraska Writers Guild
Thursday February 1, 6 PM
Mo Java
Lincoln, Nebraska

Featured Books

  • A Bicycle’s Echo

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

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  • Every Girl Becomes the Wolf

    Collaboratively written with Andrea Blythe, this forthcoming chapbook from Finishing Line Press explores the received images of the feminine in fairy tales.

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  • Velocipede

    A 2016 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award Finalist for Sports, Velocipede is a poetry collection about bicycles inspired by RAGBRAI.

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