Madison Godfrey

Madison Godfrey is a writer, editor and educator who lives on Whadjuk Noongar land. They have performed poetry at the Sydney Opera House, the Royal Albert Hall, TEDx, and Glastonbury Festival. Madison is a previous recipient of the Kat Muscat Fellowship, the Varuna Flagship Fellowship, and a WA Youth Award for ‘Creative Contributions’ to the state. Madison’s second poetry collection Dress Rehearsals was published by Allen & Unwin Imprint JOAN in March 2023 and ‘sounds like the score of a rebellion’ (Nakkiah Lui). Dress Rehearsals was listed as one of the most anticipated books of 2023 by Refinery29, RUSSH Magazine, and Sydney Morning Herald. Currently Madison is finishing their PhD, teaching creative writing, and wearing a lot of purple.

On Knowing

I was blonde with a baby on my hip, staring into the ocean near our house. I was brewing stovetop decaf, longing to stay half awake, as I curled up in the corners of my ambition; a night lamp who …

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Months later, I am still thinking about the two teen girls who saw me and knew I wouldn’t tell. Everyone else in the supermarket was their mother. Every other mouth had a muscle memory snarl. Two girls huddled together like …

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Horoscope for My Queer Self, Two Years Ago

Maddie, pay attention. So there’s this TV personality called Antoni who you don’t know yet. He is a bisexual man who doesn’t shrink under spotlights. He’s on a show called Queer Eye which will make you cry one day. No, …

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