Angela Rydell dabbles in creative writing of all shapes and sizes, from novel to flash fiction to poetry. She’s also a teacher at heart, and wrote her way to an MFA after drifting away from her first gig as a band director in a small town in southern Illinois. Before too long she found herself standing in front of classrooms again discussing the creative process, this time examining the nuts and bolts of the writer’s craft, and learning more about writing along the way.
She currently teaches online and face-to-face courses for UW-Madison’s Division of Continuing Studies, and runs private courses on occasion, too. She’s taught creative writing at Edgewood College, worked as a poet-in-residence in elementary schools, judged contests for Wisconsin People and Ideas and the NYC Midnight Flash Fiction Challenge, among others, and is on the editorial board of the The Midwest Review.
Her work has been published in Prairie Schooner, Alaska Quarterly, Daily Science Fiction, Beloit Poetry Journal, Crab Orchard Review , The Sun Magazine, Indiana Review, Flashquake, Poets & Writers, and many other journals. Her flash fiction won the Portland Review Flash Friday contest, received honorable mention in New Millennium Writings Awards and was a finalist for the American Short(er) Fiction Prize, Passages North’s Neutrino Short-Short Prize and the Grey Sparrow Journal Flash Fiction contest. Her poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart.
She lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with her husband, science fiction writer and game designer Brendan Day.