Tamara J. Madison is a poet, writer, editor, and instructor. Her work has been published and recorded in various journals and literary magazines including World Literature Today, Poetry International, and The Amistad.  Her work has also been published in the anthologies, SisterFire (HarperCollins), Temba Tupu (RedSea Press), and Check the Rhyme (LitNoire Press).


Her most recent poetry collection Threed, This Road Not Damascus is published by Trio House Press and was short-listed under the title, Breast Poems, in the 2015 Willow Books Literature Award.  Threed, … has been reviewed in Poetry InternationalCider Press Review, Empty Mirror Reviewand Cordella MagazineHer poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize (2012 and 2022) and for Best of the Net (2019). She is also the author of Collard County (short stories), Kentucky Curdled (poetry), and Sistuh’s Sermon on the Mount (poetry chapbook). 

Tamara is the creator and host of BREAKDOWN: The Poet & The Poems, a conversation series on YouTube. She has also shared her poetry on the TEDx platform.


Tamara has performed and recorded her work for stage, television, and studio and facilitates creative writing workshops for adults. She is a MFA graduate of New England College and an Anaphora Arts Fellow. Tamara is an Anaphora Arts and Ucross fellow and has received a United Arts of Central Florida Individual Artist Award.  She is currently completing a new collection of mixed genre work inspired by her ancestry




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From Brownstone Poets: Join us the last Saturday of the month, July 31, when Brownstone Poets features Tamara J. Madison, Jennifer Franklin, and Arden Levine with our FABULOUS OPEN MIC. Online on Zoom at 2pm ET. Your $5 contribution pays our features and keeps our annual anthology in print. Hosted by our Brooklyn girl and Editor-in-Chief Patricia Carragon.

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