Sean Madden

Poet, Fiction Writer

Lincoln, CA

Author's Bio

Sean Madden is an analyst at the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office. He holds an MFA in Fiction from the University of Kentucky and a BA in English from UC Berkeley. His stories, essays, and poems have appeared in The John Updike Review, The Los Angeles Review, Roanoke ReviewWaccamaw, Small Print, 580 Split, and Dappled Things. He lives in the Sierra Nevada foothills with his wife and sons, and is currently seeking representation for his first novel.

Publications & Prizes

Fiction

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The Coil
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The Thing Itself Literary Journal
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Umbrella Factory Magazine
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White Wall Review

Poetry

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Jelly Bucket
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William & Mary Review
Prizes won: 
  • 52nd Jerry Jazz Musician Short Fiction Contest (Finalist for "The Growing Terror of Nothing to Think About," 2019).
  • Luminaire Award for Best Prose (Finalist for “How the Lonesome Engine Drivers Pine,” The Coil, Alternating Current Press, 2018).
  • Fourth Annual Emerging Writers Prize (Co-recipient, The John Updike Review, 2017).
  • Tuscany Prize for Catholic Fiction (Finalist for “The Sister’s Inheritance,” 2014).

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Marcel Proust, John Updike, Bernard Malamud, Flannery O'Connor, Richard Russo, John Banville, Victor LaValle, Elizabeth Taylor, Edward St. Aubyn, Ron Hansen, Chaim Potok, J.F. Powers.
What I'm reading now: 
Collected Later Stories by John Updike

More Information

Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Identifies as: 
American
Prefers to work with: 
Any
Fluent in: 
English
Born in: 
San Diego, CA
California
Raised in: 
San Diego, CA
California
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Last update: Sep 22, 2020