Colleen Abel — “We are all bad mothers here” & “In Praise of Jenny Marx”


Colleen Abel is a multigenre writer and the editor-in-chief of Bluestem magazine. Her poetry and prose have appeared in venues such as Lit Hub, Cincinnati Review, The Southern Review, Colorado Review, Pleiades, The Stinging Fly, and in several anthologies of Disabled writers. Her first poetry collection, REMAKE, won the 2015 Editors Prize from Unicorn Press. She has two chapbooks, HOUSEWIFERY and DEVIANTS, a hybrid work that won Sundress Publications’ 2016 Chapbook Prize. She has been awarded fellowships from UW-Madison’s Institute for Creative Writing, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Ragdale, and numerous other organizations. Currently, she is a 2023 Illinois Arts Council Fellow.