Ed Madden + Greg Brownderville
Professor of English and director of gender studies at the University of South Carolina, Ed Madden is the author of four books of poetry, most recently, Ark, a memoir in poems about his father’s last months in hospice care. His poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Crazyhorse, and other journals, as well as in Hard Lines: Rough South Poetry, and The Book of Irish American Poetry. In 2015 he was named poet laureate for the City of Columbia, SC, and in 2019 he was one of 13 poets nationwide to be named an Academy of American Poets Poet Laureate Fellow.
Greg Brownderville’s third book, A Horse with Holes in It, was released by LSU Press on Dave Smith’s Southern Messenger Poets series in November of 2016. In 2011 Brownderville published his first collection of poems, entitled Gust (Northwestern University Press/TriQuarterly), which made the Poetry Foundation’s Best-Seller List and was included among “Top Picks” by Library Journal. In 2012 he published Deep Down in the Delta (Butler Center Books), a collection of folkloristic poems based on fieldwork he conducted in and around his home community of Pumpkin Bend, Arkansas. Brownderville has been awarded prizes and fellowships from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, The Missouri Review, Prairie Schooner, New Millennium Writings, and the Porter Fund. In 2012 he joined the faculty of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. An associate professor of English and the director of Creative Writing at SMU, Brownderville edits the Southwest Review and teaches poetry workshop. He has also taught at Ole Miss, Hendrix College, and Lincoln University.