The Boats

The Boats shape poem














Currently cataloging librarian for a public library, Adele Gardner loved being editor for The Mariners’ Museum and projectionist for AMC Theatres. Home wouldn’t be complete without five cats, two birds, a kit harpsichord, and two friendly guitars. A graduate of the Clarion West Writers Workshop and an active member of SFWA, Adele is also literary executor for her father, her mentor and namesake Delbert R. Gardner. Adele’s first poetry collection, Dreaming of Days in Astophel, appeared in 2011. With one long and one short poem winning third place in the Rhysling Awards, she’s had over 300 works of short fiction, poetry, art/photography, and nonfiction published in venues such as Strange Horizons, Daily Science Fiction, The Doom of Camelot, Legends of the Pendragon, Silver Blade, Liquid Imagination, Challenging Destiny, Arcane II, PodCastle, New Myths, Heroic Fantasy Quarterly, Goblin Fruit, Mythic Delirium, Tales of the Talisman, and Songs of Eretz Poetry E-Zine (including two Father & Daughter Special Features). Two of her stories and a poem earned honorable mentions in The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror. Learn more at

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