About

  

Madeleine Mysko is the author of two novels, Bringing Vincent Home (Plain View Press, 2007) and Stone Harbor Bound (Bridle Path Press, 2015), and a poetry collection, Crucial Blue, forthcoming from Cherry Grove Collections in early 2019.


Her poetry, reviews, essays, and short fiction have been published widely in literary journals that include Shenandoah, Commonweal, Presence, River Styx, and The Hudson Review. As a peace and justice activist, she has also contributed op-ed pieces to venues including The Baltimore Sun and The Veteran.


Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Madeleine Mysko attended parochial schools and graduated from Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in 1967. During the Vietnam War, she served in the Army Nurse Corps on the famous burn ward of Brooke Army Medical Center, an experience out of which she later wrote her first novel, Bringing Vincent Home. When she later returned to college, she majored in literature and writing. She received a bachelor’s degree in English from Rosemont College, and master’s degrees from both The Writing Seminars of The Johns Hopkins University and The George Washington University.


In 2015, she published her second novel, Stone Harbor Bound, a lyrical novel set in Stone Harbor. New Jersey.


For years she has taught creative writing, both poetry and fiction, in the Baltimore-Washington area. As a nurse, she has worked in Assisted Living at a Baltimore retirement community. She has also worked as a waitress—a short career she wrote about in The Baltimore Sun when her “Real Life” pieces would appear regularly in the Modern Life section. Presently she serves as coordinating editor of the Reflections column for American Journal of Nursing.


Among her awards are two Individual Artist grants from the Maryland State Arts Council, a Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award, scholarships from Sewanee Writers Conference and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and an Artscape Prize for Fiction from the City of Baltimore.


Books

Bringing Vincent Home

Plain View Press, 2007

Stone Harbor Bound

Bridle Path Press, 2015

In The Margins

Cherry Grove Collections, 2017

Crucial Blue

Forthcoming, 2019, Cherry Grove Collections

Calendar

Panelist, Festival of Faith and Writing

April 14, 2018, Calvin College, Grand Rapids Michigan

In the Margins, Third Thursday Reading Series, Takoma Park

May 17, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

 Takoma Park Community Center

7500 Maple Ave, Takoma Park, MD 20912

News!

"A Bird's Voice Calls" wins honors

Camille Dungy, judge in Ruminate magazine's Nonfiction Prize competition, chose Madeleine Mysko's memoir of her friendship with the poet Anne Frydman--"A Bird's Voice Calls"--for an honorable mention: " I really really loved this essay," writes Dungy. "Anne is the woman I want to be in the world, but I don't want to have to suffer what she suffered to get there. And the friend/narrator is drawn with compassionate but unswerving attention."  The piece will be published in the Summer 2019 issue.


https://www.ruminatemagazine.com/blogs/ruminate-news-and-events/2018-nonfiction-prize-winners-jonathan-winston-jones-alex-mouw