About

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Hi there – I’m a writer and poet living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

In October 2018, I started working as the Marketing & Communications Manager at Riveredge Nature Center. Until spring 2018 I’ll also be a full-time student in the journalism program at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.

In the past I’ve worked as the Communications Specialist at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center in Milwaukee, where I was able to write about nature-related topics, edit the writing of naturalists, ghostwrite for colleagues, and generally use multimedia to promote regional flora and fauna. I’ve previously been a Pfister Hotel Narrator (story gatherer in residence) at Milwaukee’s historic “Grand Dame of the West” Pfister Hotel. At Milwaukee’s NPR station 89.7 WUWM I’ve been a contributor of poetry, interviews and essays to the Lake Effect show.

As time permits I work on other projects that have been published in places such as Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, SIDEBURN MagazineMedia MilwaukeeWisconsin Bike Federation, and Ozaukee Magazine.

As a poet I’ve released two poetry books, Manifest Density and Carrying a Knife in to the GunfightDensity was included in Best New Poetry of 2006 and Gunfight received the Carma Writer’s Award. Both were released on my indy press Full Contact Publishing. I’m excited to finish school and do something with the hundreds of new poems residing on my computer (and growing daily).

I love being active in every season. When it’s warm I ride motorcycles and bicycles to places where you can hear the birds. When it’s cold I chase deer, split firewood, and (if there’s snow) ski cross country.

To view/purchase my previous books click here.

For booking, publishing, press inquiries, etc. contact edmmakowski [at] gmail.com

 

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