Maddox’s poems often explore history, the body, and spirituality. Maddox is the author of several poetry collections, including Weeknights at the Cathedral (2006), Transplant, Transport, Transubstantiation (2005), and Body Parts (1999). With Jerry Wemple, she edited the anthology Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania (2005). Her poems have appeared in the anthologies A Fine Excess: Contemporary Literature at Play (2001) and In a Fine Frenzy: Poets Respond to Shakespeare (2005).
Maddox published the children’s poetry books Rules of the Game: Baseball Poems (2009, illustrated by John Sandford) and A Crossing of Zebras: Animal Packs in Poetry (2008, illustrated by Philip Huber), and her work is included in the children’s poetry anthology Hey, You!: Poems to Skyscrapers, Mosquitoes, and Other Fun Things (2007).
Maddox’s honors include an Academy of American Poets Prize, the Cornell University Robert Chasen Memorial Poetry Prize, the Paumanok Poetry Award, Seattle Review’s Bentley Prize, and several Pushcart Prize nominations. The director of the creative writing program at Lock Haven University, Maddox lives with her family in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.