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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. 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’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. The book features all things of cat fancy and companionship.

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 new collaborative book with artist Sally Deskins Leaves of Absence: An Illustrated Guide to Common Garden Affection, published by Red Dashboard in 2016, include art and words that weave a rich ecological meditation on our relationships among trees.

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. Exploring the gendered narratives that clothe and fashion the body, gender subversion, the traditional male gaze, feminist theories, and more, the artists and poets collected in Bared: Contemporary Poetry and Art on Bras and Breasts resist 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 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.