Adele's first poetry book, Dreaming of Days
in Astophel (under her byline Lyn C. A. Gardner), is available
in the Alban
Please note that (c) copyright to
all photographs on this page except for the two book covers is
owned by Adele Gardner; these 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
Adele's secondary world fantasy story "All
in Green" appears in the latest issue of Dimension6
(Issue 14), the wonderful Australian speculative fiction anthology
series from Coeur de Lion Publishing!
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 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. For
literary poetry, Gardner has achieved first place (Bess Gresham
Memorial) and third place (Don Frew and John Newcomb Memorial)
in the Poetry Society of Virginia Awards. Speculatively speaking,
Gardner has won third place in the
Balticon Poetry Contest (Baltimore Science Fiction Society) and
in both the Long and Short Poem categories of the Rhysling Awards
(Science Fiction and Fantasy 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
West Writers Workshop and a member of the following artistic
Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America
in Crime (Professional), Mystery
by the Sea, the Southeastern Virginia Chapter of Sisters in Crime,
and Fantasy Poetry Association, Poetry Society of Virginia,
and Hampton Arts League.
Her photographs have shown at the Charles Taylor Arts Center (including
the Virginia Artists 2015 Juried Exhibition); Virginia Museum
of Contemporary Art; Gloucester Arts on Main; and the Peninsula
Fine Arts Center, among others.
As of July 2018, not counting journalism for The Mariners' Museum,
Adele has had nearly 400 separate 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, Buckshot Magazine, Silver Blade,
Liquid Imagination, Tales of the Talisman, Heroic
Fantasy Quarterly, Mythic Delirium, NewMyths.com,
American Arts Quarterly, The Cape Rock, Eternal
Haunted Summer, Goblin Fruit, Dreams & Nightmares,
Women in Science Fiction and Fantasy, and more.
In addition, Adele enjoys swimming in lakes; biking, walking,
& jogging around the neighborhood; sewing and costuming; and
skating (ice & sidewalk skates). Home wouldn't be complete
without three cats, two birds, a hall TARDIS, a kit harpsichord,
and two friendly guitars. She loves cats, owls, trees, snow, the
stars, Halloween, the color blue, classic jazz, and historical
dancing...and most of all, her family. 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."
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
Adele & Dalek by Hatton
Cross Steampunk. Photo by Rita Scrivener, from the collection
of Adele Gardner.
R. Gardner and Adele. Photos above & below by Marc Nucup,
from the collection of Adele Gardner.
Above: Adele Gardner and
More about Adele
We Write: Adele Gardner," 1888
Center, July 12, 2017.
Witches' Bridge" by Adele Gardner, VIFM Blog,
Virginia Is for Mysteries, Mar. 11, 2016.
Chat with Adele Gardner," Life's a Beach …
a beach blog by cozy mystery writer Jayne Ormerod, Feb. 5,
& A with Adele Gardner," Third
Flatiron Publishing, Jan. 2016.
"Outposts of Beyond Interview with Speculative Poet
Adele Gardner," Outposts
of Beyond, July 2013.
For the Love of Reading" by Lyn C. A. Gardner and Cy
54, No. 3-4, July/August/September-October/November/December 2008.
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