Adele Gardner

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I am now using my middle name, Adele Gardner, in tribute to my namesake, my father and mentor, Del Gardner.
Past works have appeared under variations of my legal name (Carolyn Adele Gardner, C. A. Gardner, Carolyn A. Gardner), my previous nickname (Lyn C. A. Gardner, Lyn Gardner), or my SCA name (Deirdre Ní Fionnula).

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

Writing and Editing

Contact

Please note that (c) copyright to all photographs on this page (except for book & magazine covers) is owned by Adele Gardner. 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.

Books

My first book, a poetry collection called Dreaming of Days in Astophel. From the publisher's page (Sam's Dot Publishing): "Gardner's collection of fantasy and science fiction takes you to the ends of the universe, real and imagined, and back again."

From the review by J. L. Comeau: "This lush collection of fantasy/sf poems is reminiscent of the Golden Age of Elizabeth I and the glory, caprice, decadence and folklore surrounding the era. You'll find Avalon, Camelot, vengeful queens, wizards, witches, mermaids, heroes and doomed beauties. Castles loom and ghost ships sail across the dim horizons. A young peasant boy hefts a toy sword, yearning for a knighthood that will insure his death. Written in luxuriant language, Ms. Gardner takes the reader on journeys to landscapes that are recognizable yet fantastic, deftly enmeshing lore and legend in tapestries of wordcraft. Beautiful full color cover art by artist/author Marge Simon." (Review formerly available at The Tomb of Dark Delights.)

The majority of collected poems either appear here for the first time, were previously available only in print 'zines, or are no longer archived online. Here are the few available online samples:


Cover art by Marge Simon

Dreaming of Days in Astophel
Table of Contents

The Golden Age
Holding Faerie
La trobairitz a la dame de s'amie.
Courtship
The Minstrel's Song
Telon's Harp
Farewell to Avalon
Left in Lance's Box
Elaine

Guenever's Choice
Fionnula
The Hero Fergus
Saeve's Doom

Stories

Published Stories

The Final Ploy
The Serpent's Price
To Fly Above the Sea
Time's Magic Measured
The Pilgrimage
The Peasant Boy
Lament for Lanis-Doon
Mermaid
Ys Awake
Irene's Tomb
I Sing Ophelia
To Hear You Speak
The Queen's Revenge
Green
The Send-Off
Gravitas
The Return
Rildix Falls
Ghost Fleet
The Misty Glade
Godolin's Remains
In Moon-Darkness
Death-Chant for R'Diiah
Our Lady of Darkness
The Cost
While the Candles Burn
Alabaster
Riding to Faery
View of an Evening Sun
In Fallen Astophel











Poems

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Little Adele Gardner. Photo by Daniel Michael Hegarty Sr., from the collection of Adele Gardner

Children's & Young Adult

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Articles

 

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Nonfiction

Encyclopedia Entries

Interviews and Biographies: About Adele

 

Interviews and Biographies: About Others (Written/Conducted by Adele)

Reviews

  • Authors at Sea: Modern American Writers Remember Their Naval Service by Robert Shenk, The Mariners’ Museum Journal, 1997.

  • The Battered Body: A Supper Club Mystery by J. B. Stanley, "Virginia Reviews," Virginia Libraries, Vol. 56, No. 1, Jan./Feb./Mar. 2010.

  • Gothic Feminism: The Professionalization of Gender from Charlotte Smith to the Brontës by Diane Long Hoeveler, Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, Vol. 12, Iss. 3, 2001.

  • Concord, Virginia: A Southern Town in Eleven Stories by Peter Neofotis, Virginia Libraries, Vol. 58, No. 1, Jan./Feb./Mar. 2012.

  • The Human Touch: Poems by Bill Glose, "Virginia Reviews," Virginia Libraries, Vol. 56, No. 3, Jul./Aug./Sept. 2010.

  • Rewriting the Women of Camelot by Ann F. Howey, Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, Vol. 15, Iss. 1, Spring 2004.

  • River Country by Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda, "Virginia Reviews," Virginia Libraries, Vol. 55, No. 4, Oct./Nov./Dec. 2009.

  • What the Thunder Said by Janet Peery, "Virginia Reviews," Virginia Libraries, Vol. 55, No. 3, Jul./Aug./Sept. 2009.

Articles

Exhibits

  • Wrote label copy and collected artifacts for “Herman Melville: ‘The Man Who Lived among the Cannibals’” in the exhibition Skin Deep: The Art of the Tattoo, presented from October 24, 1998, to September 26, 1999, at The Mariners’ Museum.

Newsletters & Journals

Editorials & ongoing columns for Virginia Libraries, quarterly journal of the Virginia Library Association. See also "Reviews," above.

  • "Virginia Publications" by Lyn C. A. Gardner, Virginia Libraries, Vol. 60, No. 3, Jul./Aug./Sept. 2014.

  • "Virginia Publications" by Lyn C. A. Gardner, Virginia Libraries, Vol. 60, No. 2, Apr./May/Jun. 2014.

  • "Virginia Publications" by Lyn C. A. Gardner, Virginia Libraries, Vol. 60, No. 1, Jan./Feb./Mar. 2014.

  • "Virginia Publications" by Lyn C. A. Gardner, Virginia Libraries, Vol. 59, No. 4, Oct./Nov./Dec. 2013.

  • "Virginia Publications" by Lyn C. A. Gardner, Virginia Libraries, Vol. 59, No. 3, Jul./Aug./Sept. 2013.

  • "Virginia Publications" by Lyn C. A. Gardner, Virginia Libraries, Vol. 59, No. 2, Apr./May/Jun. 2013.

  • Sessions covered in "Virginia Library Association 2012 Annual Conference, Williamsburg, Virginia, October 24-26," Virginia Libraries, Vol. 59, No. 2, Apr./May/Jun. 2013.

  • "Virginia Publications" by Lyn C. A. Gardner, Virginia Libraries, Vol. 59, No. 1, Jan./Feb./Mar. 2013.

  • "Virginia Publications" by Lyn C. A. Gardner, Virginia Libraries, Vol. 58, No. 4, Oct./Nov./Dec. 2012.

  • "Virginia Publications" by Lyn C. A. Gardner, Virginia Libraries, Vol. 58, No. 3, Jul./Aug./Sept. 2012.

  • "Virginia Publications" by Lyn C. A. Gardner, Virginia Libraries, Vol. 58, No. 2, Apr./May/Jun. 2012.

  • Sessions covered in "Literacy and Sustainability in Virginia's Libraries: Virginia Library Association 2011 Annual Conference, Portsmouth, Virginia, October 27–28," Virginia Libraries, Vol. 58, No. 2, Apr./May/Jun. 2012.

  • "Openers: Possibilities Evolve" by Cy Dillon and Lyn C. A. Gardner, Virginia Libraries, Vol. 58, No. 1, Jan./Feb./Mar. 2012.

  • "Virginia Publications" by Lyn C. A. Gardner, Virginia Libraries, Vol. 58, No. 1, Jan./Feb./Mar. 2012.

  • "Openers" by Cy Dillon and Lyn C. A. Gardner, Virginia Libraries, Vol. 57, No. 4, Oct./Nov./Dec. 2011.

  • "Virginia Publications" by Lyn C. A. Gardner, Virginia Libraries, Vol. 57, No. 4, Oct./Nov./Dec. 2011.

  • "Openers" by Lyn C. A. Gardner, Virginia Libraries, Vol. 57, No. 3, Jul./Aug./Sept. 2011.

  • "Virginia Publications" by Lyn C. A. Gardner, Virginia Libraries, Vol. 57, No. 3, Jul./Aug./Sept. 2011.

  • "Openers" by Lyn C. A. Gardner and Cy Dillon, Virginia Libraries, Vol. 57, No. 2, Apr./May/Jun., 2011.

  • Sessions covered in "Keeping Vision and Focus in Challenging Times: Virginia Library Association 2010 Annual Conference, Portsmouth, Virginia, October 21–22, 2010," Virginia Libraries, Vol. 57, No. 1, Jan./Feb./Mar. 2011.

  • "Openers: The Particular Delight of Special Libraries" by Lyn C. A. Gardner, Virginia Libraries, Vol. 56, No. 4, Oct./Nov./Dec. 2010.

  • "Openers" by Lyn C. A. Gardner, Virginia Libraries, Vol. 56, No. 3, July/Aug./Sept. 2010.

  • "Openers: Celebrating Special Collections" by Lyn C. A. Gardner, Virginia Libraries, Vol. 56, No. 1, Jan./Feb./Mar. 2010.

  • Sessions covered in "Libraries: Foundations and Fundamentals in Times of Challenge and Change: Virginia Library Association 2009 Annual Conference, Williamsburg, Virginia, October 29–30, 2009," Virginia Libraries, Vol. 56, No. 1, Jan./Feb./Mar. 2010.

  • "Openers" by Lyn C. A. Gardner, Virginia Libraries, Vol. 55, No. 4, Oct./Nov./Dec. 2009.

  • "Openers: Creating Your Own Internships" by Lyn C. A. Gardner, Virginia Libraries, Vol. 55, No. 2, Apr./May/Jun. 2009.

  • "Openers: For the Love of Reading" by Lyn C. A. Gardner and Cy Dillon, Virginia Libraries, Vol. 54, No. 3-4, Jul./Aug./Sept.-Oct./Nov./Dec. 2008.

  • "Openers: Mistakes: Simple and Complex" by Cy Dillon and Lyn C. A. Gardner, Virginia Libraries, Vol. 54, No. 2, Apr./May/Jun. 2008.

  • "Openers: Literacy: The Long View" by Lyn C. A. Gardner, Virginia Libraries, Vol. 54, No. 1, Jan./Feb./Mar. 2008.

  • "Openers" by Cy Dillon and C. A. Gardner, Virginia Libraries, Vol. 53, No. 3, Jul./Aug./Sept. 2007.

  • "Openers" by C. A. Gardner and Cy Dillon, Virginia Libraries, Vol. 53, No. 2, Apr./May/Jun. 2007.

  • "Openers" by C. A. Gardner, Virginia Libraries, Vol. 52, No. 4, Oct./Nov./Dec. 2006.

  • "Openers" by Cy Dillon and Lyn Gardner, Virginia Libraries, Vol. 52, No. 3, Jul./Aug./Sept. 2006.

  • "Openers: Welcoming Everyone" by C. A. Gardner and Cy Dillon, Virginia Libraries, Vol. 52, No. 2, Apr./May/Jun. 2006.

  • "Openers: The Importance of Customer Service" by C. A. Gardner, Virginia Libraries, Vol. 51, No. 4, Oct./Nov./Dec. 2005.

  • "A Particular Perspective: Our Editors Speak" by Cy Dillon and C. A. Gardner, Virginia Libraries, Vol. 51, No. 3, Jul./Aug./Sept. 2005.

  • "Openers: The Future of Books" by C. A. Gardner and Cy Dillon, Virginia Libraries, Vol. 51, No. 1, Jan./Feb./Mar. 2005.

  • "Openers: They Will Come" by Cy Dillon and C. A. Gardner, Virginia Libraries, Vol. 50, No. 4, Oct./Nov./Dec. 2004.

  • "Openers: Living with Art" by Cy Dillon and C. A. Gardner, Virginia Libraries, Vol. 50, No. 3, Jul./Aug./Sept. 2004.

  • "Openers: The Challenge of New Media" by C. A. Gardner and Cy Dillon, Virginia Libraries, Vol. 50, No. 2, Apr./May/Jun. 2004.

  • "Openers: A Community Effort" by Cy Dillon and C. A. Gardner, Virginia Libraries, Vol. 50, No. 1, Jan./Feb./Mar. 2004.

Journalism for The Mariners' Museum




















Editing
 
Arthuriana is live!

Please join us at Eye to the Telescope for a noble journey into the world of the Round Table! Issue 27, Arthuriana, January 2018, celebrates the legends that have been such a rich source of inspiration for so many. Responding to everything from modern Arthurian expressions to Celtic legends and medieval romances, from Victorian and Pre-Raphaelite revivals to folk songs, these speculative poems are delightful, funny, profound, and deeply human. Come spend time with Sir Gawain and the Lady of Shalott—Morgan le Fey and King Arthur's court—enchantresses and knights of gold—the hawthorn tree holding Merlin captive, and the cats of Camelot!
With so many variations, all share my enthusiasm for these tales that continue to enchant and haunt us. May the road rise up to meet you on your quest!

Contributors include: F. J. Bergmann • John Caulkins • PS Cottier • Mary Cresswell • Deborah L. Davitt • Jane Dougherty • Vince Gotera • A.D. Harper • C.R. Harper • R. Mac Jones • Mary Soon Lee • Mari Ness • Amanda Partridge • Jessy Randall • Lorraine Schein • David F. Shultz • Marge Simon • Oliver Smith • David Lee Summers • Richaundra Thursday • Marie Vibbert • Andrew J. Wilson • Shannon Connor Winward • Guest Editor: Adele Gardner

Literary Magazines: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, Art

Guest Editor, 2017-18. Eye to the Telescope, Issue 27, Arthuriana, January 2018, Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association. Please join us for an amazing journey through the many faces of Camelot!

Fiction, Nonfiction, and Managing Editor, 1994-95. Dominion Review, ODU. Arranged meetings and coordinated staff contributions, made final fiction and nonfiction selections, typed and copyedited contents, laid out magazine, and made printing decisions.

Reader, 1994. Dominion Review, ODU. Helped select fiction and poetry.

Editorial Staff, 1991-93. Currents, literary magazine, CNU. As a member of a large committee, helped anonymously select fiction and poetry.

Editor, 1987-88. Visions, Denbigh High School. As a member of a large committee, helped anonymously select fiction, poetry, and art. In addition, was invested with veto power by our staff sponsor. Other duties as overall editor included typing, proofreading, and laying out the magazine; coordinating meetings; and managing distribution.

Publicity Chair and Reader, 1986-87. Visions, Denbigh High School. Coordinated calls for submissions and handled publicity and distribution. As a member of a large committee, helped anonymously select fiction, poetry, art, and music.

 

Professional Journals, Newsletters, and Writing Organizations

Peer Reviewer, Contributor, and Member of the Editorial Board, April 2012-. Under the leadership of the editors, I am currently a peer reviewer for Virginia Libraries, the quarterly journal of the Virginia Library Association (2016-). I have also been a member of the Editorial Board (2012-2015) and was an ongoing contributor of the column "Virginia Publications" before the journal entered peer-reviewed status (2012-2015).

Editor, December 2011-July 2012. The Rhysling Anthology, Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association. Chair of the Rhysling Awards. Coordinated nominations of poems by SFPA members; gathered permission for reprints; communicated with poets and publishers; prepared manuscript and proofread; coordinated correction of the proof; worked with SFPA officers to achieve deadlines and maintain quality standards.

Coeditor, 2003-March 2012. With Cy Dillon, I coedited Virginia Libraries, the quarterly journal of the Virginia Library Association. We solicited, developed, edited, and occasionally contributed articles devoted to professional library services and other items of interest to those employed in Virginia libraries. We also conducted interviews with Virginia writers. Together, we wrote an editorial for each issue. In later issues, we also took on direct editing of and writing for the "Virginia Reviews" column, and I created the associated column "Virginia Publications."

Editor, 1999-2001. VASLA Bulletin, Virginia Chapter of the Special Libraries Association. Solicited, wrote, and edited articles. Laid out newsletter and dealt with printer/distributor.

Interim Copyeditor, 1994. AWP Job List, Associated Writing Programs (now called Association of Writers & Writing Programs), Old Dominion University. Typed, proofread, laid out publication, took issues to press, and managed distribution.

Proofreader, 1994. Associated Writing Programs, ODU. Proofread AWP Chronicle (now called The Writer's Chronicle), AWP Guide to Writing Programs (now The AWP Official Guide to Writing Programs), brochures, announcements, and letters.

Assistant to the Editor, 1994. Phi Kappa Phi Newsletter, ODU. Obtained and researched articles, proofread, and prepared finished copy for distribution.

 

Full-Time Editing for Educational Organizations (Books, Newsletters, Exhibits)

Editor, 1999-2001. The Mariners' Museum, Newport News, Virginia. Edited all text put before the public, including books, newsletters, annual reports, exhibitions, press releases, educational packages, website text, announcements, and other items.

Books Edited
An America’s Cup Treasury: The Lost Levick Photographs, 1893-1937 by Gary Jobson
The Mariners’ Museum Park: The Making of an Urban Oasis by Harold N. Cones

Assisted on Book Projects
Captive Passage: The Transatlantic Slave Trade and the Making of the Americas, published by Smithsonian Institution Press in association with The Mariners' Museum
Chris-Craft: The Essential Guide by Jerry Conrad
Keeping Time: The Story of the Marine Chronometer by Jonathan D. Betts (not yet published)

Writing/Reporting
Pipe, the quarterly newsletter of The Mariners’ Museum
ICMM News, the biannual newsletter of the International Congress of Maritime Museums

Other Articles
• "Life's a Beach: The History of the Bathing Suit," compiled, edited, and ghostwritten from text for the planned exhibit by Thomas Moore & Anne Marie Millar, Hampton Roads Monthly (now Hampton Roads Magazine), June 2001.

Exhibitions
It’s About Time, December 18, 1999
America’s Cup: There Is No Second Place, January 25, 2000
Taking the Stars, February 25, 2000
2000 Scale Ship Competition and Exhibition, June 16, 2000
Our Navy Presidents, September 7, 2000
Waters of Despair, Waters of Hope: African-Americans and the Chesapeake Bay, July 29, 2000
Reflections on the Bay: The Photography of A. Aubrey Bodine, October 28, 2000
Legend Has It, December 2, 2000
Women and the Sea, March 17, 2001 (with Susannah Livingston)
Life's a Beach, was completely edited at time of layoffs/hiring freeze in June 2001, when all exhibits were cancelled due to the museum's financial crisis; the concept was later revisited and some of the text used for the installation that finally opened in the summer of 2005.

 

Freelance Editing

Through referrals by ODU English Department Graduate Program Director, I edited a variety of projects for grammar, clarity, style, and special format requirements from 1996-97. Projects included The Golden Age Book by John Dabul, a PhD dissertation and an MA thesis, and "Unfit for Duty": Serendipity and Sorrow by John S. Jiannas.

My most recent freelance editing projects include contributions to Magill’s Choice: Classics of Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature (Salem Press, 2002), Magill's Choice: 100 Masters of Mystery and Detective Fiction (Salem Press, 2001), and Encyclopedia of American Literature of the Sea and Great Lakes (Greenwood Press, 2000). I also write book reviews, primarily for the Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts. For more information, visit the Nonfiction section of my Publications page.

 

Education and Training

Master of Arts in English Literature. Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Va., May 1996. Emphasis in Creative Writing and Victorian Literature. GPA: 3.95. Thesis: An "Earthly Paradise": William Morris's Later Prose Romances.

Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, with Music Minor in Performance (Harpsichord). Christopher Newport University, Newport News, Va., May 1993. GPA: 4.0. Top graduate of class.

Participation in numerous writing workshops, conferences, and classes, 1991-present, including classes at CNU and ODU and workshops such as Clarion West (2004). Prepared constructive critiques of stories and papers. Intensive study of the craft of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction.

With a master's in library and information studies from Florida State University (2003) and many years in library and research occupations, many of my library/information science and research skills also serve me well as an editor.


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