Born in Iowa and raised in the Midwest, Laura Madeline Wiseman earned a BA from Iowa State University, an MA from the University of Arizona, and a PhD from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she teaches English and creative writing. 

Wiseman is the author of six collections of poetry, including the full-length book, Sprung (San Francisco Bay Press, 2012), and the chapbooks Farm Hands (Gold Quoin Press, 2012), She who Loves Her Father (Dancing Girl Press, 2012), Branding Girls (Finishing Line Press, 2011), and Ghost Girl (Pudding House Publications, 2010). She is also the author of the chapbook First Wife (Hyacinth Girl Press) and the editor of Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence (Blue Light Press, 2013). Her poetry, prose, and reviews have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Margie, Arts & Letters, Poet Lore, and Feminist Studies. Mindy Kronenberg in Weave Magazine described Wiseman's poetry as “evocative”, adding, “Branding Girls amuses, alarms, and ultimately affirms in its eloquent confrontation of female stereotypes.”

She has received an Academy of American Poets Award, a Mari Sandoz/Prairie Schooner Award, a Susan Atefact Peckham Fellowship, a Louise Van Sickle Fellowship, several Pushcart Prize nominations, and grants from the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, the Center for the Great Plains Studies, and the Wurlitzer Foundation. She lives in Nebraska.

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