Author: Adele Gardner

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 and an active member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. 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 August 2016, Adele has had over 325 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, fencing, sewing costumes, 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 Halloween, owls, cats, trees, snow, the stars, the color blue, big band jazz, and playing historical melodies on guitar and harpsichord. 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.”

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