Sean Madden

Fiction Writer

Lincoln, CA

Author's Bio

Sean Madden is an analyst at the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office. His story, “How the Lonesome Engine Drivers Pine,” was a finalist for Alternating Current Press’s 2018 Luminaire Award for Best Prose. He is also a co-recipient of the Fourth Annual John Updike Review Emerging Writers Prize. His stories have appeared in The Los Angeles Review, Waccamaw, Blue River, and Dappled Things. He holds an MFA from the University of Kentucky, and lives in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada with his wife and sons.

Publications & Prizes

Journals: , , ,
The Coil
The Thing Itself Literary Journal
Umbrella Factory Magazine
Prizes won: 
  • 52nd Jerry Jazz Musician Short Fiction Contest (Finalist for "The Growing Terror of Nothing to Think About," Nov 2019).
  • Luminaire Award for Best Prose (Finalist for “How the Lonesome Engine Drivers Pine,” The Coil, Alternating Current Press, Jun 2018).
  • Fourth Annual Emerging Writers Prize (Co-recipient, The John Updike Review, Fall 2017).
  • Tuscany Prize for Catholic Fiction (Finalist for “The Sister’s Inheritance,” Sep 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: 
Jesus: A Pilgrimage by James Martin, S.J., The North Water by Ian McGuire

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Born in: 
San Diego, CA
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San Diego, CA
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Last update: Dec 03, 2019