Meredith Davies Hadaway is the author of two collections of poetry, The River is a Reason (January, 2011) and Fishing Secrets of the Dead (2005), both issued by Word Press in Cincinnati, Ohio. Hadaway has received four Pushcart nominations and two fellowships from the Virginia Center for Creative Arts as well as a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award. In addition to publishing poetry in numerous literary journals, she is a frequent contributor of book reviews to Poetry International and serves as poetry editor for The Summerset Review. Hadaway holds an MFA in poetry from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is currently the Rose O'Neill Writer-in-Residence at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland.
"Meredith Davies Hadaway has something that very few poets do—a blend of down-to-earth congeniality and genuine intensity. She writes what she calls in one poem "the dream that's underfoot." As they balance between the everyday and the mysterious, as they flow between praise and lament, these poems are dignified throughout by a master's feel for sentence and line. Like the river that runs through the heart of it, the whole collection gathers itself into a single, sinuous body. American poetry is richer for this river."
— Peter Campion, author of Other People and The Lions: Poems
"Meredith Davies Hadaway is an elegant poet who reminds us that we are of the earth—its land, sky, and water—while revealing our humanness, our grief, fear, longing, and resilience. Hadaway writes, 'The river is a reason, if you need one.' Her poems are reason enough—though she shows us why we need the river too."
— Julianna Baggott, author of Lizzie Borden in Love and Compulsions of Silkworms and Bees
Meredith Davies Hadaway
300 Washington Ave.
Chestertown, MD 21620