This month marks the tenth anniversary of the Broken Speech Poetry Slam, the poetry slam I run here in Orlando and it’s been an interesting and rewarding journey.  Orlando as a city has a notoriously short attention span.  The fact something lasts a year is a miracle in this town that is not a drinking night or open mic.  This is month two of the format going from weekly to monthly, except this month I’m doing two shows, one a regular slam and the other a feature plus a regular slam at an offsite venue.  Producing the slam for this long has made a positive impact on the literary scene here which I don’t think would have happened without its existence.  We still have a lot of work to do but I’m seeing more and more progress in Central Florida.  I don’t know if I’ll be doing this for ten more years.  We’ll see.

My third installment as a featured contributor this month at PicFic is up.  You can read it here.  You can also read a short of mine on Stymie Magazine here.


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About J. Bradley

J. Bradley's is a Best of the Net and Pushcart Prize nominated writer whose work has appeared in numerous literary journals including decomP, Hobart, and Prairie Schooner. He was the Interviews Editor of PANK, the Flash Fiction Editor of NAP, and the Web Editor of Monkeybicycle. He is the author of the poetry collection Dodging Traffic (Ampersand Books, 2009), the novella Bodies Made of Smoke (HOUSEFIRE, 2012), and the graphic poetry collection The Bones of Us (YesYes Books, 2014), illustrated by Adam Scott Mazer. He is the curator of the Central Florida reading series There Will Be Words and lives at

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