Laura Madeline Wiseman has a doctorate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she teaches English. She is the author of seven collections of poetry, the full-length book Sprung (San Francisco Bay Press, 2012), the letterpress books Unclose the Door (Gold Quoin Press, 2012), and Farm Hands (Gold Quoin Press, 2012), and the chapbooks She Who Loves Her Father (Dancing Girl Press, 2012), Branding Girls (Finishing Line Press, 2011), Ghost Girl (Pudding House Publications, 2010), and My Imaginary (Dancing Girl Press, 2010). She is also the editor of the anthology Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2013).
Her poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and reviews have appeared in Margie, Poet Lore, Blackbird, Arts & Letters, Prairie Schooner, Feminist Studies, Thirteenth Moon, American Short Fiction, Cream City Review, and elsewhere.
She has received an Academy of American Poets Award, a Mari Sandoz/Prairie Schooner Award, a Will P. Jupiter Award, a Susan Atefact Peckham Fellowship, a Louise Van Sickle Fellowship, several Pushcart Prize nominations, and grants from the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, the Focus for the Arts, the Center for the Great Plains Studies, and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation.
Interview with The Nebraska Girls Lit Hour on the letterpress books Farm Hands and Unclose the Door, the full-length book Sprung, and the anthology Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence.
An interview “This is What a Feminist Looks Like: Laura Madeline Wiseman” in The Mamafesto by Avital Norman Nathman on strong, powerful women writers and historical figures.
A review of Sprung by Susana H. Case in Empty Mirror. (forthcoming)
A review of Sprung by Jeff Hecker “Book Review: My Imaginary Rest on a Cushion of Benjamins” in New Orleans Review.
A review of Branding Girls by Mindy Kronenberg “The Doll-Like Beauty of the Brand: Laura Madeline Wiseman’s Branding Girls” in Weave Magazine.
Excerpts, Articles, & Features
A feature by Shelby Fleig “UNL lecturer Laura Wiseman curates collection of women’s ‘resistance’ poetry” in the Daily Nebraskan. The feature includes interviews with other WWR poets Deborah McGinn, Lucy Adkins, and Marjorie Saiser.
An excerpt from Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence in Extract(s).
A live recording of a reading at the New Hampshire Institute of Art in In Place LIVE.
An article by Leslie Renkin “Bradley Professor Shares the Art and Craft of Handmade Books” in the Peoria Journal Star about the letterpress book Unclose the Door.
A feature from the chapbook Men and their Whims in Escape into Life.
An article by Sally Deskins “Omaha Veteran Explores Trauma of War” in KNVO News about an art exhibit and poetry reading.