POET, RESEARCHER, AGRARIAN DREAMER
Madeline Augusta Turner prefers to be covered in glitter. Her writing, research, and work are centered around soil and hope. Though she is currently living in Fes, Morocco, Madeline’s heart is always somewhere at the intersection of industrial decay and endless cornfields.
My life is built around words. The stories we tell of the physical and conceptual spaces we navigate tell us equally as much about who we are. I am a writer and poet because storytelling provides me with pathways by which I can contribute to the generation of new worlds. To this end, I see storytelling as a profound practice of resilience with the potential to change methods and mentalities. I tell stories to uplift the voices and narratives woven into both human and natural environments that are modeling strength in the face of the apocalypse.
I have attended the Kenyon Writer's Workshop and received a Brooklyn Poets Fellowship. In 2022, my work was long-listed for Palette Poetry's Sappho Prize for Women Poets. At Smith College, I was awarded the Elizabeth Babcock Poetry Prize for the best poem by an undergraduate, the Gertrude Posner Spencer Prize for excellence in creative nonfiction, and the Samuel Bowles Prize for a distinguished paper in anthropology.