Laura Madeline Wiseman

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Instructor, Women’s and Gender Studies Women's & Gender Studies

Laura Madeline Wiseman is the author of over twenty books and chapbooks. Her books are Drink (BlazeVOX Books, 2015), Wake (Aldrich Press, 2015), American Galactic (Martian Lit Books, 2014), Some Fatal Effects of Curiosity and Disobedience (Lavender Ink, 2014), Queen of the Platform (Anaphora Literary Press, 2013), and Sprung (San Francisco Bay Press, 2012). Her dime novel is The Bottle Opener (Red Dashboard, 2014). She is the author of two collaborative books, The Hunger of the Cheeky Sisters: Ten Tales (Les Femmes Folles Books, 2015) with artist Lauren Rinaldi and Intimates and Fools (Les Femmes Folles Books, 2014) with artist Sally Deskins. She is also the author of two letterpress books, Unclose the Door (Gold Quoin Press, 2012) and Farm Hands (Gold Quoin Press, 2012). Her nine chapbooks are Threnody (Porkbelly Press, 2014) Spindrift (Dancing Girl Press, 2014), Stranger Still (Finishing Line Press, 2013), First Wife (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2013), Men and Their Whims (WK Pressmen, 2013), 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). Currently, she is the Guest Editor for the Cahoodaloodaling, Issue #18 – Historical (Re)Tell.

Her poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in Margie, Mid-American Review, Poet Lore, Blackbird, Arts & Letters, Prairie Schooner, Feminist Studies, The Iowa Review, Ploughshares, Calyx, American Short Fiction, 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. Recently, her poem “Roadside Kiddie Pools” was selected as the winner of the 2015 Beecher’s Contest in Poetry selected by judge LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs. Her poem “When We’re Not Hiking” was selected by Sarah Vap as a finalist for the 2015 District Lit Poetry Prize. Her collaborative poem “Inside Her Curious White Sleigh” with poet Andrea Blythe was selected for the Rock The Chair Weekly Poetry Challenge by Yellow Chair Review. Her book Some Fatal Effects of Curiosity and Disobedience (Lavender Ink, 2014) has been nominated for the 2015 Elgin Award. Her collaborative book Intimates and Fools (Les Femmes Folles Books, 2015) is an Honor Book for the 2015 Nebraska Book Award.

She has a masters from the University of Arizona in Women’s Studies and a doctorate from the University of Nebraska in English. Currently, she leads poetry workshops in Writing in the Schools and teaches Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.