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Madeline DeFrees

Madeline DeFrees was born in Ontario, Oregon, in 1919. At age 16, she entered the convent of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, assuming the name of Sister Mary Gilbert for the next 38 years. She has published eight previous volumes of poetry and two memoirs on her life as a nun. She has taught at universities and colleges throughout the U.S., including the University of Massachusetts Amherst where she directed its MFA program.


Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize

Washington State Book Award (Blue Dusk: New and Selected Poems, 1951-2001, 2002)

Washingston State Book Award (Spectral Waves, 2007)

Guggenheim Fellowship (1981)

NEA Literature Fellowship (1981)

The Maxine Cushing Gray Endowed Libraries Visiting Writers Fellowship

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