Kelly Madigan is the award-winning author of a collection of poetry, The Edge of Known Things (Stephen F. Austin State University Press) and a how-to book titled Getting Sober: A Practical Guide to Making it Through the First 30 Days (McGraw-Hill) . She is an accomplished poet and essayist whose work has been published in literary magazines and anthologies such as Best New Poets 2007, Crazyhorse, Prairie Schooner, Barrow Street, The Massachusetts Review, Calyx, Natural Bridge and elsewhere.
Kelly is a recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Creative Writing. She has been awarded residencies at Jentel, Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. Her poetry has been featured by Garrison Keillor on his national radio broadcast, The Writer’s Almanac. Her manuscript Born in the House of Love won the Main-Traveled Roads Chapbook Award, and she has received the Distinguished Artist Award in Literature from the Nebraska Arts Council.
Kelly formerly worked as a licensed drug and alcohol counselor at Bryan Health Independence Center, a comprehensive, hospital-based treatment center in Lincoln, Nebraska. She served as a Site Visitor for the United States Drug-Free Schools Program. She is a sought-after presenter for conferences and training events for counselors or other health professionals, church groups, schools, writing workshops, lecture series and readings.
In recent years, Kelly has been exploring Nebraska rivers by canoe and kayak, including the Middle Loup, Dismal, Platte, Missouri, Elkhorn, Little Blue, Cedar, Calamus, Niobrara, and Big Blue rivers.