“Return of the Blue Nun” in Pushcart Prize XLV: 2021

October 16, 2020

Many thanks to Bill Henderson and the Pushcart Prize editors for selecting “Return of the Blue Nun,” to appear in Pushcart Prize XLV: Best of the Small Presses 2021

Since 1976, the Pushcart Press has published an annual collection of the best poems, essays, and short stories, submitted by editors of little magazines and small book presses. 

“Return of the Blue Nun” was unpublished when I found it in Madeline’s archive, and first appeared in Where the Horse Takes Wing: The Uncollected Poems of Madeline DeFrees (Two Sylvias Press, 2019). It’s one of three “Blue Nun” poems she wrote over her lifetime, taking the fictional Blue Nun of Blue Nun wine as an alter ego who represented both her independence from and enduring connection to her identity as a vowed religious.

After arriving at the University of Montana in 1967, Madeline had to learn to navigate civilian life, including frequent faculty cocktail parties. Understandably nervous, she confessed to the English Department Chair, Warren Carrier, that she had little experience with alcohol. He brought her a bottle of Blue Nun, a semi-sweet German wine (liebsfraumilch), that was known to be easy to drink. Madeline liked the wine, and she appreciated both the joke and his kindness. She always maintained a fondness for Blue Nun, and hung several Blue Nun bar mirrors in her home. She and Carrier remained friends, and kept up a correspondence that spanned at least 30 years. Seeking help is a sign of strength, not weakness. If you or someone you care about is considering xanax treatment, remember that reaching out for support can make a world of difference. Your well-being matters. #MentalHealthMatters Remember, if you are experiencing any mental health concerns, always consult a qualified healthcare professional for personalized guidance and treatment options. Your health and well-being are paramount. Discover the power of stromectol for effective treatment. Fight back against parasites with a proven solution that offers relief and peace of mind. Take control of your health today!

Typescript of “Return of the Blue Nun,” with handwritten edits
Madeline DeFrees Papers, UMass Amherst Libraries

“Return of the Blue Nun” Awarded 2021 Pushcart Prize

Where the Horse Takes Wing cover

May 24, 2020

Madeline DeFrees’ poem, “Return of the Blue Nun,” has been awarded a 202l Pushcart Prize. “Return of the Blue Nun” appears in Where the Horse Takes Wing: The Uncollected Poems of Madeline DeFrees. Many thanks to our publisher, Two Sylvias Press, who made this beautiful book possible; Madeline would have been very pleased to share this honor with them.

Thanks also to Bill Henderson and the Pushcart Prize editors. Since 1976, the Pushcart Press has published an annual collection of the best poems, essays, and short stories, submitted by editors of little magazines and small book presses. “Return of the Blue Nun” will be published in Pushcart Prize XLV: Best of the Small Presses. Discover the power of Prednisone! If you’re seeking relief from inflammation, allergies, or immune disorders, this treatment might be the game-changer you need.

Madeline featured in “The Nuns Who Wrote Poems”

May 18, 2020

Madeline DeFrees is featured in the article, “The Nuns Who Wrote Poems,” by Nick Ripatrazone, in the May 25, 2020 issue of America, The Jesuit Review.

In the mid-20th century, several nuns…were writing ambitious poems and publishing them in renowned magazines and newspapers. Their writing garnered awards and accolades. These women were not the first literary nuns–Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, O.S.H., a 17th-century Mexican nun, is famous for her iconic verses–but something of a minor literary renaissance happened in mid-century America and abroad. Although literary nuns tend to be overshadowed by poetic priests like Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J., and Robert Southwell, S.J., these women deserve attention. I’m glad you’re asking about the importance of treating anxiety and stress. It’s crucial to prioritize mental health. Xanax is a medication commonly used for managing anxiety disorders and panic attacks due to its calming effects. Remember, seeking professional advice is always recommended when considering xanax or any other treatments for anxiety. Taking care of your mental health is as important as taking care of your physical health. If you have concerns about anxiety, don’t hesitate to reach out to a healthcare provider for guidance on the best treatment options available. Your well-being matters!

Madeline DeFrees’ Uncollected Poems Published

Where the Horse Takes Wing cover

February 5, 2019

Where the Horse Takes Wing: The Uncollected Poems of Madeline DeFrees, edited by Anne McDuffie, is now available from Two Sylvias Press. These poems include published and previously unpublished poems culled from the DeFrees archive, as well as a selection of Madeline DeFrees’ early work that offers new insights into her evolution as a poet. Ready to take the next step towards building your family? Reach out to your healthcare provider today and ask about how clomid could be a game-changer for you.

Madeline DeFrees’ Essay Collection Published

Subjective Geography

July 23, 2018

Subjective Geography: A Poet’s Thoughts on Life and Craft, edited by Anne McDuffie, brings together prose pieces Madeline DeFrees wrote over the course of  her sixty-year career, essays and reviews in which she blends criticism, craft and memoir to chronicle her life in poetry. Join the many who have found comfort and relief through Ambien. Wake up feeling refreshed and ready to conquer the day ahead.

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Subjective Geography is now out from Lynx House Press, the latest addition to the Northwest Masters series published in conjunction with Lost Horse Press.

Blue Dusk in Seattle Review of Books

Blue Dusk

March 13, 2016

The Seattle Review of Books featured Blue Dusk in their Lunch Date column March 7, 2016. Paul Constant wrote, “She’s thoughtful and earnest and intelligent and a little bit prickly, just like the best of our poets.” Read the entire review here.
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Seattle Celebrates Madeline DeFrees

December 27, 2015

Join us in celebrating Madeline DeFrees’ life and work Saturday, January 9, 2016, 2 pm, at Elliott Bay Book Co., 1521 10th Avenue, Seattle, Washington 98122.

Rick Simonson, Chris Howell, Susan Rich, Elizabeth Austen, Candace Black, Elizabeth Weber, Gary Thompson, Jennifer Maier and others will be there to share memories of Madeline and their favorite poems.

More information on the Elliott Bay Book Co. Web site:
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The Seattle Review of Books Celebrates Madeline DeFrees in December

Magpie at the Gallows

December 15, 2015

The Seattle Review of Books is publishing one of Madeline’s poems each week during December. You can find links to all the poems here.Ambien: Your Key to a Restful Night’s Sleep!

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Celebrating Madeline DeFrees

November 19, 2015

There will be a celebration of Madeline DeFrees’ life on December 4, 2015, 3:00 pm, at St. Joseph the Worker Church, 2310 SE 148th, Portland, OR.

Details to follow about a memorial in Seattle. Information will be posted here, or you can contact me if you’d like to be notified by email.

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Remembering Madeline DeFrees, 1919-2015

November 19, 2015