Michele Madigan Somerville is the author of Black Irish (poems, Plain View Press, 2009) and WISEGAL (Ten Pell Books, 2001). WISEGAL is currently out of print. A second edition is forthcoming in 2018.) Her third book of verse, Glamourous Life will be published by Rain Mountain Press in 2017. Her poems have appeared in Mudfish, The Nervous Breakdown, Downtown Brooklyn, Hanging Loose and in many other journals. Her poem "Portrait of A Woman Beside Her Marker" received First Place in New York's WB Yeats Society's 2000 Poetry Contest. The poem "Lonicera Frangrantissima" was selected for Honorable Mention by poet Charles Simic in Dublin Ireland's Eason Books' Davoren Hanna Poetry Contest in 2003, and in 2012, Bauhan Books selected Somerville's most recently completed collection, Glamourous Life, an honorable mention.
Somerville's essays have appeared in Religion Dispatches, Harvard Divinity Review and The New York TImes. She blogs on Indietheology.com, and reposts/cross-postsessays on Huffington Post and Medium. She has published book reviews in The Poetry Project Newsletter, Variety and Bookmark.
Somerville is currently completing a novel, non-fiction memoir about education a non-fiction book about religion, and a collection of adaptations of the work of Catullus.
Somerville holds an MFA in Poetry from Brooklyn College where she worked as graduate fellow, won the English Department's MacArthur Award for Poetry and the Louis B.Goodman Award for Woman-Centered Writing.
At present, Somerville works as a tutor in Brooklyn.
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