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Adele's first poetry book, Dreaming of Days in Astophel (under her byline Lyn C. A. Gardner), is available in the Alban Lake Store.

About Adele Gardner


Please note that (c) copyright to all photographs on this page except for the two book covers is owned by Adele Gardner; these photos were created by Adele Gardner and/or are from her collection. Menu portraits created by Daniel Michael Hegarty Sr. (left) and Adele Gardner (right). All rights reserved.

Adele's mystery writing group, Mystery by the Sea, the Southeastern Virginia Chapter of Sisters in Crime, helped produce the VIFM anthology series. Find the books, events, and more at Virginia Is for Mysteries.


Though she misses the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York, Adele Gardner is pleased to make her home in Tidewater Virginia, where she is blessed to be near her close-knit family and daily views of the water. A cat-loving cataloging librarian, Gardner's favorite job was projectionist for AMC Theatres. With master's degrees in English literature and library science, she's edited numerous professional projects, such as the journal Virginia Libraries and books and exhibits for the Mariners' Museum. Owing much to her father's mentorship, she began submitting her creative work at fourteen and saw her first poetry acceptances at sixteen.

Speaking of Delbert R. Gardner, Adele is fortunate to have been her dad's agent and collaborator since 2008; she now fulfills her sacred promise by continuing to share his work with the world as his literary executor--entirely fitting, as he guided her into the world of literature, submissions, and creative writing. An accomplished poet, fiction writer, essayist, and critic, as well as a veteran of World War II, Dr. Delbert R. Gardner taught English literature and creative writing at Keuka College in upstate New York, where he wrote An "Idle Singer" and His Audience: A Study of William Morris's Poetic Reputation in England, 1858-1900. To honor him, since 2012 Adele (Carolyn Adele Gardner) has lived and published exclusively under her middle name, given for her father, Del.

In creative terms, Adele is a poet, fiction writer, photographer, artist, editor, musician, and essayist. Under her previous byline, Lyn C. A. Gardner, Adele's poetry collection Dreaming of Days in Astophel came out from Sam's Dot Publishing in 2011. Gardner has twice won third place in the Rhysling Awards of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association. Two stories and a poem earned honorable mention in The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror (St. Martin's Press). She's a graduate of the Clarion West Writers Workshop, an active member of the
Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, a professional member of Sisters in Crime (and her local chapter, Mystery by the Sea, the Southeastern Virginia Chapter of Sisters in Crime), a lifetime member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association, and a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and the Hampton Arts League. Her photographs have shown at the Charles Taylor Arts Center (including the Virginia Artists 2015 Juried Exhibition); Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art; and Peninsula Fine Arts Center, among others.

As of December 2017, not counting journalism for The Mariners' Museum, Adele has had 375 separate works of poetry/music, short fiction, art/photography, and nonfiction published in assorted venues such as Daily Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, Legends of the Pendragon, The Doom of Camelot, PodCastle, Silver Blade, Liquid Imagination, Tales of the Talisman, Heroic Fantasy Quarterly, Mythic Delirium, Best Tales of the Apocalypse,, American Arts Quarterly, The Cape Rock, Eternal Haunted Summer, Arcane II, Goblin Fruit, Dreams & Nightmares, Women in Science Fiction and Fantasy, and Songs of Eretz Poetry E-Zine (including three Father & Daughter Special Features).

In addition, Adele enjoys swimming in lakes, biking around the neighborhood, sewing and costuming, and skating (ice & sidewalk skates). Home wouldn't be complete without four cats, four birds, a hall TARDIS, a kit harpsichord, and two friendly guitars. She loves cats, owls, trees, snow, the stars, Halloween, the color blue, classic jazz, and historical dancing. Just as her father used to write and sing songs for his children and pets, Adele continues the family tradition: each of her cats has at least one theme song, as well as feline favorites like "Tuna Fish."

Delbert R. Gardner coined the title "The Gardner Castle" (and founded it in very real terms). During the Gardner Golden Age, a call home yielded the following greeting: "You have reached the Gardner Castle. If you would like us to return your call, please leave a message after the beep."--DRG

Adele & Dalek by Hatton Cross Steampunk. Photo by Rita Scrivener, from the collection of Adele Gardner.

Above: Delbert R. Gardner and Adele. Photos above & below by Marc Nucup, from the collection of Adele Gardner.

Above: Adele Gardner and Max.

More about Adele Gardner


"Why We Write: Adele Gardner," 1888 Center, July 12, 2017.

"The Witches' Bridge" by Adele Gardner, VIFM Blog, Virginia Is for Mysteries, Mar. 11, 2016.

"Beach Chat with Adele Gardner," Life's a Beach … a beach blog by cozy mystery writer Jayne Ormerod, Feb. 5, 2016.

"Q & A with Adele Gardner," Third Flatiron Publishing, Jan. 2016.

"Outposts of Beyond Interview with Speculative Poet Adele Gardner," Outposts of Beyond, July 2013.

"Openers: For the Love of Reading" by Lyn C. A. Gardner and Cy Dillon, Virginia Libraries, Vol. 54, No. 3-4, July/August/September-October/November/December 2008.

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