Sean Madden

Poet, Fiction Writer

Lincoln, CA

Author's Bio

Sean Madden works for 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 nationally and internationally recognized 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


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The Coil
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White Wall Review


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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: 
The Original Illustrated Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle, Collected Poems: 1953-1993 by John Updike

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San Diego, CA
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San Diego, CA
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Last update: Aug 08, 2022