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"What She Was Saying shows Maddox as a masterful and insightful storyteller..."-NewPages

"....What She Was Saying is all at once difficult to read and hard to turn away. Maddox puts words to the things we think or conjure without proof, sometimes with only the slightest of revelations. These stories bring to light the inner person, the humanity of us and displays how we may honor or dismiss them altogether. Haunting, yet strangely encouraging, I would urge the reading of these stories - they shed light on the human condition, the story of one's life, and the cry to handle each with care" --Janna Lynas at Englewood Review of Books

RECOMMENDED by US Review of Books: "Maddox has a gift forrecapitulating the uncomfortable nitty gritty of life's circumstances as if it [were] common everyday language. . . .A definite read for thosewho are looking for an honest portrayal of life" -Anita Lock

"...Maddox's exploration. . .[is] stunning. . . .These stories do whatgood stories do, they promote empathy and understanding, which issomething we could all use more of"-TTC

What She Was Saying, a finalist for the Katherine Anne Porter Award, delves into memory and desire, loss and longing, and the unexpected pathos of the commonplace. In these finely-wrought stories, Marjorie Maddox reveals the complex space between the spoken and the glimpsed unspoken in the lives of women....undeniably a vital and compelling collection. Her stories, full of humor and heartbreak, absurdity and terror, offer a window into the unarticulated lives of women -Marcela Fuentes at Mom Egg Review

About the Author

Sage Graduate Fellow of Cornell University (MFA) and Professor of English and Creative Writing at Lock Haven University, Marjorie Maddox has published eleven collections of poetry, four children s books, and over 500 stories, essays, and poems in journals and anthologies. Co-editor with Jerry Wemple of Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania, she is the great grandniece of Branch Rickey, the general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers who helped break the color barrier by signing Jackie Robinson.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Fomite (March 1, 2017)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 180 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1942515685
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1942515685
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 9.6 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6 x 0.45 x 9 inches
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Professor of English and Creative Writing at Lock Haven University, Marjorie Maddox has published Begin with a Question (Paraclete 2022); Heart Speaks, Is Spoken For (Shant Arts), a collaboration with photographer Karen Elias; Transplant, Transport, Transubstantiation (reissued, Wipf & Stock 2018; finalist for the Philip McMath post-publication book award and finalist for the Brittingham Book Award); Wives' Tales (Seven Kitchens Press 2017); True, False, None of the Above (Poiema Poetry Series 2016 and Illumination Book Award Medalist); Local News from Someplace Else (Wipf & Stock 2013); Weeknights at the Cathedral (WordTech 2006); Transplant, Transport, Transubstantiation (2004 Yellowglen Prize); Perpendicular As I (1994 Sandstone Book Award); Perpendicular As I (ebook 2013); When The Wood Clacks Out Your Name: Baseball Poems (2001 Redgreene Press Chapbook Winner); Body Parts (Anamnesis Press 1999); Ecclesia (Franciscan University Press 1997); How to Fit God into a Poem (1993 Painted Bride Chapbook Winner); and Nightrider to Edinburgh (1986 Amelia Chapbook Winner); the short story collection What She Was Saying (Fomite 2017); as well as over 650 poems, stories, and essays in such journals and anthologies as Poetry, Prairie Schooner, Crab Orchard Review, and Image: A Journal of the Arts and Religion.

She is co-editor, with Jerry Wemple, of Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania (Penn State Press 2005) and has four children's books, including two from WordSong: A Crossing of Zebras: Animal Packs in Poetry and Rules of the Game: Baseball Poems (both re-issued by Wipf and Stock), the YA book Inside Out: Poems on Writing and Reading Poems with Insider Exercises (Kelsay Books), finalist for the International Book Award in the Education category; and the 2021 NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) Notable Poetry Book for Children I'm Feeling Blue, Too! (illustrated by Philip Huber, Wipf and Stock).

Marjorie studied with A. R. Ammons, Robert Morgan, Phyllis Janowitz, and Ken McClane at Cornell, where she received the Sage Graduate Fellowship for her M.F.A. in poetry; with Sena Jeter Naslund at the University of Louisville, where she received an M.A. in English; and with Beatrice Batson and Harold Fickett at Wheaton College, where she received a B.A. in Literature.

Her numerous honors include Cornell University's Chasen Award, the 2000 Paumanok Poetry Award, an Academy of American Poets Prize, the Seattle Review's Bentley Prize for Poetry, a Bread Loaf Scholarship, Pushcart Prize nominations in both poetry and fiction, and Lock Haven University's 2012 Honors Professor of the Year. She is the great great-niece of baseball legend Branch Rickey, the general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers who helped break the color barrier by signing Jackie Robinson. For updated information and reviews, please see her Web site at

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