In a spring of floods, a son returns to rural Arkansas to help care for his dying father.


Ed Madden’s Ark is an anthology about family, about old wounds and new rituals, about the extraordinary importance of ordinary things at the end of life, about the gifts of healing to be found in the care of the dying. At once a memoir in verse about hospice care and a gay son’s book-length lament for a father who cut him off a decade earlier, Ark is about the things that can be fixed, and those that can’t.

Ed will perform selections from his writing in a new performance format made especially for Outburst Arts Festival 2017 with associate Martin McDowell at TheatreofplucK. The performance also features videographic elements by Barry Wheeler. 


Ed Madden is originally from Arkansas and was named the first Poet Laureate of Columbia, South Carolina, in 2015. He teaches at the University of South Carolina and is the author of three previous books of poetry - Signals (USC, 2008), which won the South Carolina Poetry Book Prize, Prodigal: Variations (Lethe, 2011), and Nest (Salmon, 2014).

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