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Adele Gardner

A Bottle of Blue Glass, poetry, Issue 32, September 1, 2015

Adele Gardner is literary executor for her father, her mentor and namesake Delbert R. Gardner. With one long and one short poem winning third place in the Rhysling Awards, Adele has had over 300 works of poetry, short fiction, art/photography, and nonfiction published in venues such as NewMythsStrange HorizonsDaily Science FictionThe Doom of CamelotPodCastleHeroic Fantasy QuarterlySilver BladeGoblin FruitMythic Delirium, and Songs of Eretz Poetry E-Zine (including three Father & Daughter Special Features). Two stories and a poem earned honorable mention in The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror. Her first poetry collection, Dreaming of Days in Astophel, appeared in 2011.  Learn more at

Get to know Adele...

When did you start writing? Practically as soon as I could form letters. I wrote and illustrated "The Zoo Book" when I was four, using only consonants. Fortunately, my spelling has improved since then.

When and what and where did you first get published? My first publications outside of a school litzine occurred in my late teens: poems in Z Miscellaneous, Out o' the Blue Review, Unknowns, and Silver Wings and art in Art:Mag and Bellowing Ark (including several covers).  I really love all forms of poetry and art!  I'm also seriously exploring photography right now, and have a piece in the Virginia Artists 2015 Juried Exhibition at the Charles H. Taylor Arts Center in Hampton, VA

What books and/or stories have most resonated with you as an author? Why? How do these stories and their characters find expression in your work? There are a few works that have remained favorites from the first day I read them.  These include The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, the classic Amber series by Roger Zelazny, and the poems of Robert Frost and Emily Dickinson, among others. If I have to generalize about them, I find a certain classic, mythic, poetic quality about all of them, combined with a quirky individuality that I love.  These are smart and beautiful works that really touch my heart and help shape my view of the world.

Please also see the Lyn C. A. Gardner section (my former byline) in "For the Love of Reading," Virginia Libraries.

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