Master teacher, editor, and poet, Madelyn Garner has degrees from the University of Denver and Mills College. As a creative writing instructor, middle school principal and mentor, she is widely recognized for designing and implementing a variety of innovative educational programs at all levels, elementary through university. Among her educational achievements and honors, she is the recipient of the Colorado Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities for encouraging incorporation of the arts into school programs and her leadership in providing students multiple opportunities in the field of writing.
Named a Leo Love Merit Scholar at the Taos Summer Writers’ Conference, Madelyn also was awarded an Aspen Writers’ Foundation’s Annual Writing Retreat scholarship. In 2010, she won the Jackson Hole Writers Conference Poetry Prize. As co-editor, she edited and published the anthology, Collecting Life: Poets on Objects Known and Imagined in 2011. Over the years, Madelyn has been a featured poet at numerous readings as well as collaborative ekphrasis events held throughout the United States. Recent work has appeared in The Best American Poetry, 2015, The Florida Review, The Pinch, Slant, Roanoke Review, Nimrod International Journal, The Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, and Water-Stone Review, among others.
She lives in Denver, Colorado, along with her children and grandchildren.