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 at work on a story collection and a novel.

Publications & Prizes


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The Coil
The Thing Itself Literary Journal
Umbrella Factory Magazine
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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: 
Is This Anything? by Jerry Seinfeld, The Heart Is a Full-Wild Beast by John L'Heureux

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San Diego, CA
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San Diego, CA
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Last update: Jan 30, 2021