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 Creative Writing from the University of Kentucky and a BA in English from UC Berkeley. His stories, essays, and poems have appeared in national and international literary and scholarly journals. He lives in the Sierra Nevada foothills with his wife and sons and is at work on a story collection and a novel.

Publications & Prizes

Fiction

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The Coil
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Umbrella Factory Magazine
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White Wall Review

Poetry

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Carousel
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Jelly Bucket
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Sport Literate
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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: 
A Swim in a Pond in the Rain by George Saunders, The Heart Is a Full-Wild Beast by John L'Heureux

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: Mar 10, 2021