Larksong Writers Place Instructors


Kelly Madigan

Kelly Madigan

Kelly Madigan is the author of a collection of poetry, The Edge of Known Things (SFASU Press) and a how-to book titled Getting Sober: A Practical Guide to Making it Through the First 30 Days (McGraw-Hill). She is a recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Creative Writing, and the Distinguished Artist Award in Literature from the Nebraska Arts Council. Kelly’s poetry, creative nonfiction and editorial writing has appeared in anthologies, newspapers, websites, and literary journals such as, Prairie Schooner, CNN, Omaha World Herald, The Ecopoetry Anthology, A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry, Crazyhorse, The Massachusetts Review, Nebraska Presence: An Anthology of Poetry, and Best New Poets 2007. 


Larksong Writers on Kelly Madigan

"Working with Kelly revived me as a writer. She holds space with honesty and compassion, and she guides writing and discussion with thought-provoking insight. As someone seasoned in writing workshops, I can say with certainty Kelly's are among the best being offered!"

"Kelly Madigan brings a genuine sense of joy to her writers workshops.  She is a distinguished poet and author, and her experience and her ear for language are important, to be sure.  But her greatest asset is in “team building.” The members of the workshop were genuinely excited over one another’s progress. No “writer’s block” when Kelly makes it all so damn much fun!"

"Kelly’s workshop series encouraged me to creatively ponder my relationship with the Loess Hills in completely new ways and also with profound, new depth and understanding, even as someone who was born and raised in the area. Her lesson connecting the ecological concepts of cores, transitions, and corridors with human psychology and personal identity was excitingly innovative and, in my opinion, pedagogically genius—it particularly resonated with me, as a conservationist, as a creative writer, and as someone healing from cumulative trauma. Kelly hosted such a thoughtful, engaging virtual space for all us writers to thrive in and find deeper connection, not only with the Hills, but also with ourselves and each other through our shared love of the Hills. I would definitely participate in this workshop again and recommend it widely."

“Larksong nurtures writers… Enough said!”- Larksong Writer


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