Here’s my bio for those who’d like to know more.
Bridget Birdsall, MFA, is an author, artist, teacher and speaker who uplifts, inspires, and encourages others through the transformative power of words.
A multidisciplinary artist who overcame dyslexic challenges, Bridget earned her MFA from Vermont College of the Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Creighton University, where she attended on a basketball scholarship.
Bridget and her work have received multiple fellowships and awards. In 2005 “Miracle on Monkey Mountain” placed in Madison Magazine’s Short Fiction Contest and became her first published short story. Her first novel, Ordinary Angels, won first place in the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Writers’ Institute First Page Contest, and initial drafts of her award-winning novel Double Exposure received an Honorable Mention. Published in 2014, Double Exposure was the first-place winner in the Independent Book of the Year Award Young Adult fiction category, the winner of the Council of Wisconsin Writers Tofte/Wright Children’s Literature Award, Forward Reviews Silver Medal Winner, and the Golden Crowne Literary Award. It also received a University of Wisconsin-Madison Big Read nomination. Double Exposure was listed among 2015’s top anti-bully books by Publishers Weekly.
A finalist for AROHO’s $50,000 Gift of Freedom Award, Bridget was awarded the Margaret Chandler Fellowship at the former summer home of Wisconsin’s own Georgia O’Keefe, in Abiquiu, New Mexico, at the Ghost Mountain Guest Ranch. She received an Edenfred Fellowship in Madison, Wisconsin. Bridget’s visual work has appeared at local galleries and educational institutions throughout the Madison area, including Edgewood College and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.