Adele's first poetry book, Dreaming of Days
in Astophel (under her byline Lyn C. A. Gardner), is available
in the Alban
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
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 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 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,
As of August 2016, Adele has had over 350 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,
NewMyths.com, 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.
R. Gardner and Adele. Photos above & below by Marc Nucup,
from the collection of Adele Gardner.
Above: Adele Gardner and
More about Adele
Witches' Bridge" by Adele Gardner, VIFM Blog,
Virginia Is for Mysteries, Mar. 11, 2016.
Chat with Adele Gardner," Life's a Beach …
a beach blog by cozy mystery writer Jayne Ormerod, Feb. 5,
& A with Adele Gardner," Third
Flatiron Publishing, Jan. 2016.
"Outposts of Beyond Interview with Speculative Poet
Adele Gardner," Outposts
of Beyond, July 2013.
For the Love of Reading" by Lyn C. A. Gardner and Cy
54, No. 3-4, July/August/September-October/November/December 2008.
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