Nebraska Authors

Laura Madeline Wiseman

Born 1978 Ames, IA (USA)

Laura Wiseman

Laura Wiseman

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A well-published poet. Some of her work addresses gender issues. Among the awards she has received are the Mari Sandoz/Prairie Schooner Award in 2008, the Pushcart Prize nomination in 2018 and numerous other awards and fellowships. Wiseman also received the Nebraska 150 Books honor for Women Write Resistance in 2017.

Places Lived

Lincoln, NE
Ames, IA
Tucson, AZ

Author Of

  • Poetry
  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction


Literary Criticism; Gender Issues; Essays; Poetry


Bachelor of Science Degree in English Literature and Women’s Studies, 2002, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
Master of Arts Degree in Women’s Studies, 2004, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Ph.D. in English and Creative Writing, 2011, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE



Places Worked

University of Nebraska-Lincoln


First Place Academy of American Poets Award in Poetry: Wilbur Gaffney Poetry Prize at the University of Nebraska, 2009
Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Poet-in-Residence Grant, 2010
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Louise Van Sickle Fellowship in Creative Writing, 2010-2011
Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico Fellowship and Grant, 2013
Illustration Honor Book, Nebraska Book Awards, Nebraska Center for the Book, for Intimates and Fools, 2015
Featured Reader, John H. Ames Reading Series, Jane Pope Geske Heritage Room University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2016
Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award Finalist for Sports, for Velocipede, 2016
Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award Finalist for Pets & Animals, for People Like Cats, 2016
Independent Publisher Bronze Book Award in Poetry (IPPY Award), for Drink, 2016
Nebraska 150 Books honor for Women Write Resistance, 2017
Illustration Honor Book, Nebraska Book Awards, Nebraska Center for the Book, for Leaves of Absence, 2017


Ghost Girl. 2010.
My Imaginary. 2010.
Branding Girls. 2011.
Queen of the Platform. 2013.
Stranger Still. 2013.
Unclose the Door. 2013.
Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence. Editor, 2013.
The Bottle Opener. 2014.
Some Fatal Effects of Curiosity and Disobedience. 2014.
Intimates and Fools. 2014.
Wake. 2015.
Drink. 2015.
An Apparently Impossible Adventure. 2016.
Leaves of Absense : An Illustrated Guide to Common Garden Affection, a Collaboration. (poetry by Wiseman, art by Sally Deskins) 2016.
People Like Cats: A Collaboration. (poetry by Wiseman, art by Chuka Susan Chesney) 2016.
Velocipede. 2016.
Through a Certain Forest. 2017.
Bared: Contemporary Poetry and Art on Bras and Breasts. 2017.
A Bicycle's Echo. 2018.
Every Girl Becomes the Wolf: Poems. with Andrea Blythe, 2018.

In March 2016, Laura Madeline Wiseman participated with two other poets in an Ames Reading Series program, which can be viewed here:

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