Ed Madden is an associate professor of English at the University of South Carolina, where he teaches courses in Irish literature and creative writing. HIs first book of poetry, Signals, won the 2007 South Carolina Poetry Book Prize. A second collection, Prodigal: Variations, was published in 2011, and a third, Nest, is forthcoming from Salmon Publishing in Ireland. His poems have appeared in Los Angeles Review, Poetry Ireland, Southern Humanities Review, and other journals, as well as in Best New Poets 2007 and the Notre Dame anthology The Book of Irish American Poetry from the Eighteenth Century to the Present. He is also the author of Tiresian Poetics: Modernism, Sexuality, Voice 1888-2001, a study of modernist literature, and co-editor of Out Loud: The Best of Rainbow Radio.