portrait of Madeline Slovenz

Madeline was born on the Jersey shore a long time ago and draws on her childhood memories of growing up in the kind of small town where everyone knows your name. She writes realistic fiction for middle schoolers, young adults and open-mined grownups who are never too old to enjoy stories that feature younger protagonists.

As a theater artist, public school teacher and performance ethnographer, Madeline has given talks and published ethnographic essays on a range of topics–hip hop, undercover police work, Chinese martial arts and lion dancing. Her children’s book, co-authored with Kate Waters, is a PBS Reading Rainbow Section.

Now she is writing general fiction for adults and children. Take a moment to subscribe to her newsletter and receive a copy of her very short story “Not for Children” that was performed at the Chicago Writers Association Just Write Conference in Chicago this Spring.