After recently finishing reading a collection, I have this urge to write a book review on it. I’m afraid to in one way because I will piss someone off no matter how diplomatically and respectfully I word my review and in another way it would be good for me because it would branch me out, make me more versatile as a writer. I will stew on this and think about it some more before I do it.

I was asked to come and do a workshop on slam for a youth group by someone locally. Other than tell the kids that HBO won’t care about them once they phase into the adult level of slam or that making a career out of being a full time slam poet without a back up plan is a terrible idea, I know I’m not a good fit for such things. I was meh as a competitor at best, and I told them so. Thankfully, they understood.

Last night, I recorded “We Will Celebrate Our Failures” on video and people seem to really dig it. Thanks to Used Furniture Review for giving the story a home. You can watch the video here.


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  1. Never let fear dictate what you write.


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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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