Madeleine Barnes


Author's Bio

Madeleine Barnes is a writer, visual artist, Mellon Foundation Humanities Public Fellow, and English PhD student at The Graduate Center, CUNY. She serves as Poetry Editor at Cordella Magazine, co-curates the Lunar Walk Poetry Series, and teaches at Brooklyn College. Her debut full-length poetry collection, You Do Not Have To Be Good, was selected as a winner of Trio House Press’ open reading period to be published in 2020. She is the author of three chapbooks: Women’s Work, forthcoming from Tolsun Books in 2021, Light Experiments, Porkbelly Press’ first ever zine-style photo chapbook, and The Mark My Body Draws in Light.

She is the recipient of a John Woods Scholarship to study poetry in the Czech Republic, a New York State Summer Writers Institute Fellowship, two Academy of American Poets Poetry Prizes, the Princeton Poetry Prize (judged by Paul Muldoon and C.K. Williams), the Gertrude Gordon Journalism Prize, the Three Rivers Review Poetry Prize, and a Lost and Found Light Relief Grant. She was named an Emerging Writer by the Poetry Ireland Introduction Series, and Brooklyn Poets Poet of the Week. Her poem “To Charge Forward” was featured in Frontier’s “Exceptional Poetry from Around the Web” series alongside poetry by former U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith.

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Publications & Prizes

Show Us Your Papers Anthology (Main Street Rag, 2020)
Women's Work (Tolsun Books, 2020)
You Do Not Have To Be Good (Trio House Press, 2020)
Light Experiments (Porkbelly Press, 2019)
The Mark My Body Draws In Light (Finishing Line Press, 2014)
Blue Lyra Review
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Pigeon Pages
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The Brooklyn Review
The Rattling Wall
Prizes won: 

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation PublicsLab Public Humanities Fellowship; Lost and Found Light Relief Grant; Trio House Press Full-Length Poetry Manuscript Open Reading Period Selection; Princeton Poetry Prize; Borders Open Door Poetry Prize; Academy of American Poets Poetry Prize from Carnegie Mellon University; Three Rivers Review Poetry Prize; Hungry Poets Prize; The Albion Review Poetry Prize; The Women's Press Club of Pittsburgh/Gertrude Gordon Memorial Prize for Journalism; Nominated for The Pushcart Prize; Nominated for Sundress Publications Best of the Net Anthology 2020

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Prefers to work with: 
At Risk Youth, Illness/Wellness, Naturalists/Environmentalists, Teachers, Teenagers
Raised in: 
Pittsburgh, PA
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Last update: Sep 27, 2020