Sean Madden

Poet, Fiction Writer

Lincoln, CA
California US

Author's Bio

Sean Madden works for the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office. He holds an MFA from the University of Kentucky and a BA 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


Journals: , , , , ,
The Coil
Umbrella Factory Magazine
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White Wall Review
Prizes won: 
  • Pushcart Prize (Nominated by The Emerson Review for "Note for Inspector," 2022).
  • 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, Claire Keegan, Edward St. Aubyn, Ron Hansen, Chaim Potok, J.F. Powers.
What I'm reading now: 
Everybody's Fool by Richard Russo

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Born in: 
San Diego, CA
Raised in: 
San Diego, CA
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Last update: Jan 24, 2024