Madison is the author of the poetry collections Losing the Dog (Salmon Poetry, forthcoming) and Reflections on the Dark Water (Solomon & George, 2016). His poems have appeared in journals such as North American Review, Prairie Schooner, Michigan Quarterly Review, Shenandoah, The Greensboro Review and in anthologies including Mountains Piled upon Mountains: Appalachian Nature Writing in the Anthropocene. He was the recipient of the Robert Mount, Jr. College Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets and a Literary Award from the F. Scott & Zelda Fitzgerald Museum, among other awards. He regularly reviews poetry collections and has written for Kenyon Review Online, Birmingham Poetry Review, storySouth, The Journal, and elsewhere. In Spring 2020, he served as writer-in-residence at Wolff Cottage as part of an award from the Fairhope Center for Writing Arts.
A fifth-generation Alabamian and the child of a teacher and a poet-turned-woodcutter, he has always been interested in the relationship between writing and the natural world, both in rural and wild places. Growing up working on his grandfather's farm and cutting trees with his father helped shape his writing's focus on the often fraught relationshps between people and place. His poetry deals with subjects ranging from family tragedy, mental illness, love & loss, the natural world, and environmental destruction, all taking place in the American South. He holds a B.A. in English from the University of Montevallo and an M.A. in English from Auburn University, where he served as an Assistant Editor for Southern Humanities Review.
In May 2020, he recieved his Ph.D. in writing studies from the University of Florida. His doctoral research focused on the role of places and environments in writing and advocacy. He's taught writing courses on poetry, creativity, and place-writing as well as on professional writing, digital composition, and rhetorical theory. In Fall 2020, he joined the faculty at the University of Rhode Island in the departments of Writing & Rhetoric and Natural Resources Science. You can learn more about his scholarship and academic work at madisonpjones.com. He lives in Providence, RI with his wife, Jane.