The Short Story

About April plus Madison

April Lynn James, PhD is the corporeal half of this Wonderland-inspired enterprise that is fueled, in part, by the whimsical rhymes composed and declaimed by her guardian angel,

Madison Hatta, Sonneteer.

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April Lynn James, PhD

April Lynn James, Consultant, Soprano and Designer of Whimsical Things, is passionate about the connection between creativi-Tea, wellness and spirituality. For over a decade, she has been inspiring others through her innovative work. April plus Madison is her latest venture.


Dr. April founded The Maria Antonia Project, an opera company whose mission was to bring operas composed by women out of the archives and onto the stage. A

groundbreaking researcher in the area of Women in Music, her exhibitions In Her Own Hand: Operas Composed by Women 1625-1913 (Harvard Music Library) and Women Composing for Marian Anderson (Penn Libraries) were enthusiastically received, and she is in demand as a speaker on this subject.


Dr. April had the distinguished honor of studying abroad in Dresden, Germany courtesy of a DAAD Fellowship, where she researched her dissertation on the music and life of Maria Antonia, Electress of Saxony.

It was the Tim Burton film, Alice in Wonderland (2010), that took her down the rabbit hole, and she hasn't looked back.

Dr. April holds a PhD in Music from Harvard University, as well as degrees from Queens College of the City University of New York and Drexel University.

Madison Hatta, Sonneteer

Dr. April did not create Madison; Madison comes through her. The guardian angel of her sense of humor, Madison transforms angst into joy through the composition & declamation of original, whimsical sonnets on such themes as madness, Time, career & family dysFUNction and the importance of drinking tea.

The "Madisonnets" began flowing through Dr. April in the summer of 2011. She (plus Madison) now have well over 200 with which to delight the ear, eye, heart, and mind. Their Indiegogo campaign to fund the publication of Madison Hatta's Book of Unreasonable Rhymes was over 100% successful.

Madison’s chapbooks, the Book of Unreasonable Rhymes (2015) and the Book of Unrelenting Rhymes (2016) are available from Philadelphia’s legendary Moonstone Press.


Listen to recitations of individual Madisonnets and excerpts from their solo(duo) show, The Twinkle Bat Variations, at the podcast page.


Also, feel free to "Like" Madison on Facebook, if you like.

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