Between this, and looking at the archives, I got to thinking about doing something crazy from a merch standpoint: Dodging the Serial Rapist Sitting Behind You Bonanza Pack. This pack consists of the following:
An autographed copy of Dodging Traffic with a custom poem handwritten just for you
An autographed copy of The Serial Rapist Sitting Behind You is a Robot
My stamp story from the Mudluscious Stamp Series
One of the following items
Murmur (Chapbook, 2002)
The Angriest Penguin In The World (Chapbook, 2003)
Criminal (Chapbook, 2003)
Archeology (Chapbook, 2005)
STR8 OUTTA LANDO (Live CD, 2003)
29 (Best of CD, 2008)
The cost for all of this awesomeness: $23 ($20 + $3 shipping and handling). I only have seven copies so this pack only lasts as long as I have copies of the Rapist on hand to sell. Click the button below if you want this awesomeness. If you are international and want this pack, e-mail me before purchasing so we can figure out the cost of sending it to your country.
I’m always amazed how the North American slam community has a hard time of letting things go or believing someone can change or even evolve and I say this because of a little jokey rag called The Tattler (The Tittler when published at the Women of the World Poetry Slam). This publication, for those outside of slam, is published at national competitions and they write about things that happened at the events in a very joking way that, if you are at the event, you get the joke. What was really odd to me is I made it into The Tattler in 2010 and I made it into The Tittler this year and I haven’t been to a national event since 2009. This should be a compliment and at the same time, it’s not. I can take a joke, believe me, but I’m always disappointed when the joke falls flat; that’s a bigger insult to me than the actual insult, not being funny. I know in the early years of being in the slam community, I made a lot of mistakes that didn’t make me exactly the most popular person in the world and I had to rehab those gaffes quite a bit to even be tolerable. I’ve taken what I’ve learned and applied it to the indie lit community and I’m the better for all those mistakes made. I am also full of ‘fuck you’; it’s how I operate. I’ve learned to let perceptions go when change is apparent.
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 iheartfailure.net.