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Book Award, Honor Book, & Nebraska 150 Books Honor

Madeline’s book Drink (BlazeVOX [books], 2015) won the 2016 Independent Publisher Bronze Book Award (IPPY Award). Christopher Hopkins writes in his review in The Rumpus, “Wiseman’s power lives and breathes here in the cause and effect… she has a keen eye for exposing the hypocritical, the hard-hitting, and the heartfelt.”

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. Jen Lambert writes in her review in Pank, “Intimates and Fools… made me want to linger, to touch the page, run my hands across the color and script. It was more of an experience than just interpretation… it’s what’s just under the busy surface that’s most appealing: the wildly complex social constructs of female body, and the symbol of the bra as the ultimate carrier of all things female: shame, sexuality, strength.”

The anthology Madeline edited, Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2013) made the Nebraska 150 Booklist for the Nebraska 150 Celebration. The Nebraska 150 site remarks, “These books represent the best literature produced from Nebraska during the past 150 years. The books highlight the varied cultures, diverse experiences and the shared history of Nebraskans.”

New Books

Madeline’s newest full-length collection of poetry is Velocipede, published by Stephen F. Austin State University Press in 2016. With a magical, imaginative opening sequence, Velocipede follows the story of a long-distance bike ride. The collection includes the award winning “Roadside Kiddie Pool,” which won the 2015 Beecher’s Award in Poetry.

Madeline also has two new collaborative books that have both been released by Red Dashboard in 2016. Leaves of Absence: An Illustrated Guide to Common Garden Affection with artist Sally Deskins include art and words that weave a rich ecological mediation on our relationships among trees. People Like Cats with artist Chuka Susan Chesney features all things of cat fancy and companionship.

Recent Publications and Honors

Madeline’s work has recently appeared in the anthologies Gimme Your Lunch Money (Paladin Contemporaries), Veils, Halos, and Shackles (Kasva Press), Feast (Black Lawrence Press), Still Life with Poem (The Literary House), and Raising Lilly Ledbetter (Lost Horse Press). Other work has recently appeared in Kudzu House, The Iowa Review, Star*Line, Bacopa Literary Review, and Thirteenth Floor Magazine.

Her poem “Digger Troll” that appeared in Gingerbread House was nominated for the 2016 Best of the Net Anthology. She was The Poet of the Month in April 2016 for The Inquisitive Eater. Her poem “Preserve” that appeared in the anthology The Absence of Something Specified was selected for a 2016 Pushcart Prize Nomination.

Her essay “Seven Cities of Good” is an honorable mention for the Pacific Literary Review’s 2015 Creative Nonfiction Contest Award. She was featured in the 2015-2016 John H. Ames Reading Series in the Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors. Her essay “Finding the Gap on Dead Man’s Run” was selected as a finalist in the 41st New Millennium Writings Literary Awards for Nonfiction and her essay “Speaking to Bike Heroes” appears in the current issue of The Museum of Americana.