Meredith Davies Hadaway

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An award-winning poet and teacher of ecopoetry, Meredith Davies Hadaway is the author of three collections of poetry, At The Narrows, (2015) The River is a Reason (2011) and Fishing Secrets of the Dead (2005), all issued from Word Poetry. Hadaway’s work explores the birds, bugs, trees, marshes—and especially the waters—of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, evoking memory and mystery as they shape our braided lives.

Hadaway has read her work in both literary venues and nature centers across the United States and in Ireland. She is a longtime resident on one crumbling bank of the Chester River who has spent countless hours on the water, reading, writing, teaching poetry workshops aboard a boat, or sometimes just dreaming and drifting. She is also a musician who plays harp at the bedside in hospitals, nursing homes and hospice, or in performances with her band, Harp & Soul.

Hadaway has received fellowships from the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, an Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council and multiple Pushcart nominations. Her collection,  At The Narrows, won the 2015 Delmarva Book Prize for Creative Writing. In addition to publishing poetry and reviews in numerous literary journals, she serves as poetry editor for The Summerset Review.  Hadaway holds an MFA in Poetry from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is a former Rose O’Neill Writer-in-residence at Washington College, where she taught English and creative writing in addition to serving as vice president for communications and marketing.


Meredith Davies Hadaway