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August 31st, Atlanta, GA: Decatur Book Festival, 1:45pm

September 11th, Concord, NH: Gibson's Bookstore, 6pm

September 13th, Amherst, MA: Amherst Books, 7pm

September 22nd, Brooklyn, NY: Brooklyn Book Festival, 4pm

October 4th, Athens, OH: Athens Public Library Community Writing Workshop


October 5th, Nelsonville, OH: Stuart's Opera House, 7pm

October 6th, Yellow Springs, OH: The Emporium + Sam and Eddie's Books, 3pm

October 19th, Boston, MA: Boston Book Festival, 11am

October 22nd, Tempe, AZ: First Fictions at Changing Hands Bookstore, 7pm

October 24th, Seattle, WA: Hugo House Lit Crawl, "How Many Voices Does it Take" writing workshop, 5:45pm

October 25th, Seattle WA:  Third Place Books, 7pm

October 26th, Bellingham, WA: Village Books, 7pm

October 27th, Bainbridge Island, WA: Eagle Harbor Books with folk music group Time and Tide, 3pm

November 20th, Ada, OH: Ohio Northern University, 7pm

November 23rd, Morehead, KY: CoffeeTree Books with knitting class taught by Becky ffitch (my mom!!), details TBA

December 4th, Willoughby, OH: Willowick Library, 6:30pm

December 5th, Columbus, OH: Two Dollar Radio with Elissa Washuta and Heather Christle, details TBA

March 13th, Lexington, KY: Appalachian Studies Association Conference, details TBA

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March 2019

Madeline is reading from Stay and Fight at AWP 2019, in Portland, OR, on March 27th 

On Friday, March 28th, she will be on the panel: "A Woman's Place: What happens when you let their strong female characters outside their boxes? With FSG writers: Chia-Chia Lin, Ling Ma, Tessa Fontaine, Katrina Carrasco, Lydia Kiesling.

Read more about the AWP 2019 conference

April 2018


Juniper Literary Festival at UMass Amherst


Madeline read at last year's Juniper Literary Festival at UMass Amherst.


The festival introduces audiences to the vibrant landscape of new American poetry and fiction and exploring issues essential to the future of American literature, and features readings with internationally known writers and UMass MFA alums as well as programming from current students who have invigorated the event with performative readings, inventively curated displays, and publications of their work. 

Follow the link below for more information about the festival, and a schedule of events:

April 2016


Los Angeles Reading: Camp Real Pants presented by Submittable 


On Friday, April 1,  I will be participating in Camp Real Pants, a one day only event hosted by Submittable at Astroetic Studio in Los Angeles, CA. The event will feature publishing arts & crafts sessions with organizations like VIDA, Submittable, and SPD, plus readings hosted by Dark Fucking Wizard, GMR, Bloof, Magic Helicopter, and 421 Atlanta. Starting at 9pm, there will be a fake campfire with music and stories. I will be reading during the campfire portion of the event.


Camp Real Pants will take place at 12:30pm, Friday, April 1st, at Astroetic Studio, 224 E.  11th Street, Los Angeles, CA, 90015.



March 2016


Reading at Hampshire College, Hosted by The Reader


On Thursday, March 3, I will be participating in a reading at Hampshire College put on by the college's literary magazing, The Reader. I will be reading with Emma Binder and Ben Roylance, starting at 7pm. If you're in the Amhert area, come and check us out. And check out The Reader's web page by clicking the link below.


February 2016


Story 366 Blog: Review of Valparaiso, Round the Horn



Author Michael Czyzniejewski is reviewing one story a day in 2016, and on February 10th he reviewed Valparaison, Round the Horn, the title story from my collection. 


"I would classify Madeline ffitch’s stories as stubbornly unpredictable, each reading an adventure into a sort of nihilistic stream of consciousness, but a fun nihilistic stream of consciousness."


Visit MIchael's blog to read the review, and see the other stories he's reading this year.



December 2015


Valparaiso, Round the Horn Chosen as a Favorite Book on The Conium Review


I was thrilled to be chosed by Melissa Reddish, author of My Father is an Angry Storm Cloud, as one of her five favorite books of 2015. It was especially gratifying to be listed alongside other authors i admire, such as Danez Smith. Thank you to Melissa and The Conium Review, please visit their site by clicking the link below.





September 2015

Review of Valparaiso, Round the Horn on The Common online

"I like stories that leave me feeling I’ve encountered a living creature, or eaten a spicy meal, or sat stunned in a light-drenched temple. When a book feels like that, I want to offer a chili-studded forkful, or make urgent gestures: Feral pigs that way!

In the case of Valparaiso, Round the Horn, the debut short story collection by Madeline ffitch—which does, in fact, include feral pigs, along with myriad other wild creatures—I would hand it to you green and dripping, like a poultice of macerated plants, as an antidote to ennui."

April 2015

Valparaiso, Round the Horn: Review and Conversation with Steph Post


In April, I had the opportunity to sit down with author Steph Post to discuss my book, Valparaiso, Round the Horn, and the writing process in general. You can visit her blog to read her account of our conversation:






Steph was also kind enough to write a review of the book for the Small Press Book Review. Follow the link below to read her review.

March 2015

Interview on Revision Process on Real Pants


"I’m very happy that Madeline ffitch agreed to expose the process behind a piece of fiction in her new book Valparaiso, Round the Horn\ for the benefit—and to the great joy—of all. Her fiction is loaded with je ne saisquoi—dense and knotty but also generous—durable—delighting in the abundance of ideas as much as the little strangenesses of human communication."



March 2015

Valparaiso, Round the Horn mentioned in article


I know it's long past Valentine's Day, but I wanted to share the "11 of February 2015's Best Books to Fall in Love With this Month (Because a Great Read is the Best Valentine)" on Reviewer Caroline Goldstein was kind enough to mention my new book, Valparaiso, Round the Horn in the same breath with Rachel Kushner's new book, The Strange Case of Rachel K. Follow the link below to read the article:


March 2015

Review of "Valparaiso, Round the Horn" on Bookslut

November 2014

“History Doesn’t Compartmentalize”: An Interview with Madeline ffitch


Madeline ffitch was a founding member of the punk theater company The Missoula Oblongata.  Her stories have appeared in The Chicago Review, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, and Tin House.  Her first collection will be out in February on Publishing Genius Press.  She lives and writes in Appalachian Ohio where she homesteads and raises ducks, goats, and her small son, Nector.


Her story, "The Private Fight," appeared in Issue Sixty-Two of The Collagist.


Here, Madeline ffitch talks to interviewer Thomas Calder about family, race and history.

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