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About Adele Gardner


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Sunday, October 10, 2021, 7-8 PM EDT, Speculative Sundays Poetry Reading Series presents Adele Gardner


Short Version

Adele Gardner ( is a cat-loving cataloging librarian and the award-winning creator of over 450 published poems, stories, illustrations, songs, and essays who's a professional member of writing and art organizations that include SCBWI, SFWA, HWA, SFPA, Sisters in Crime, and the Hampton Arts League. With master's degrees in English literature and library science, Gardner's a professional editor and librarian, as well as literary executor for father and mentor Dr. Delbert R. Gardner.

Long Version

Though I miss the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York, I enjoy so many things about Tidewater Virginia--especially the chance to stay close to my family, with daily views of the water. I'm a cat-loving cataloging librarian with master's degrees in English literature and library science. Over the years, I've edited numerous professional projects, such as the journal Virginia Libraries and books and exhibits for the Mariners' Museum. Thanks to Dad's mentorship, I began submitting my creative work at fourteen and first received poetry acceptances at sixteen.

Speaking of Delbert R. Gardner, I'm fortunate to have been Dad's agent and collaborator since 2008. I made a sacred promise to share his work with the world as his literary executor--entirely fitting, since he guided me 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 I've lived and published under my middle name (given for Del, my namesake as well as my mentor).

In creative terms, I'm a poet, fiction writer, photographer, artist, editor, musician, and essayist. Under one previous byline, Lyn C. A. Gardner, my first poetry collection Dreaming of Days in Astophel came out in 2011. As of June 2021, ten poems won or placed in the Poetry Society of Virginia Awards, Rhysling Awards (Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association), and Balticon Poetry Contest (Baltimore Science Fiction Society). Two stories and a poem earned honorable mention in The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror (St. Martin's Press). I'm a graduate of the Clarion West Writers Workshop and a member of the
Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (Full), Horror Writers Association (Active), Sisters in Crime (Professional), Mystery by the Sea (Southeastern Virginia Chapter of Sisters in Crime), Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association, Poetry Society of Virginia, and Hampton Arts League. My photographs have shown at the Charles Taylor Arts Center (including the Virginia Artists Juried Exhibition); Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art; Gloucester Arts on Main; and the Peninsula Fine Arts Center, among others.

Not counting journalism for The Mariners' Museum, I've had over 450 separate works of poetry/music, short fiction, art/photography, and nonfiction published in assorted venues such as Analog Science Fiction and Fact (forthcoming), Deep Magic, Daily Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, Flash Fiction Online, two Flame Tree Publishing anthologies, Legends of the Pendragon, PodCastle, Pedestal Magazine,, American Arts Quarterly, Dreams & Nightmares, and more. In addition to the graduate degrees, I have about two-thirds of an associate's in Photography from Thomas Nelson Community College (they're cutting the program after spring 2022--not sure I'll have time to complete the degree, since I'm a full-time librarian).

In addition to writing, art, reading, and music, some of my favorite things include watching samurai films and reading comics with cats, swimming in lakes, listening to music/concerts, sushi, watching 8mm home movies with family, anime, dreaming (so many loved ones!), thunderstorms (when I'm inside), trees, moonlight, owls, CATS...and most of all, my family and friends. I'm carrying on Dad's tradition of writing & singing songs for his "offspring" and pets: each of my cats has at least one theme song, and they also enjoy 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

Above: Delbert R. Gardner and Adele.

With Max.

With Rocco.

With Theo, at The Last Jedi opening, my Han Solo tribute, complete with vintage Han Solo shirt from Return of the Jedi.

More about Adele Gardner

Keep an eye on Heather Weidner's blog for a fun interview on July 29, 2021!

"Haunted House Author Q&A Part 1: Story Inspirations," Fantasy & Gothic Blog, Flame Tree Press, Ed. Gillian Whitaker, January 16, 2019.

"Haunted House Author Q&A Part 2: Favourite Tales & Writing Practices," Fantasy & Gothic Blog, Flame Tree Press, Ed. Gillian Whitaker, January 23, 2019.

"Lost Souls Author Q&A Part 1: Story Inspirations," Fantasy & Gothic Blog, Flame Tree Press, Ed. Gillian Whitaker, August 22, 2018.

"Lost Souls Author Q&A Part 2: Favourite Tales & Writing Practices," Fantasy & Gothic Blog, Flame Tree Press, Ed. Gillian Whitaker, August 29, 2018.

"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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