For my birthday next Friday, I am finally getting what I’ve wanted since it came out in 2008 on May 4. I get a bonus gift on May 5. And then there’s this little thing I’m starting on May 10 (and the first of this kind in Orlando on May 29). I would like you to come out to all of these shows, depending on the city that you live in.

Compared to last year, I’m in a much better place artistically, emotionally, and professionally. 31 was interesting. I can’t wait to see what year 32 will bring.

Amber Sparks, the fiction editor of Emprise Review and a terrific writer, was kind enough to blurb my upcoming chapbook coming out this June through Deckfight PressA Patchwork of Rooms Furnished by Mistakes:

Often funny, often fervent, sometimes very much both, the poems in A Patchwork of Rooms Furnished by Mistakes will whisper the breath out of you and shout your conscience clean. Poet J. Bradley writes of “the scoliosis of Greyhound buses” and the “ventriloquism of Steven Hawking” in spare yet jarring tones, rich in their strangeness yet plainly familiar in feeling. The name of this collection is entirely fitting, as Bradley spends his time here twisting meaning, inverting the language of bodies and selves, and building a new set of sounds to furnish the rooms these poems occupy. No mistakes here, though; just well-crafted, light-as-ghosts poetry that will make your brain work overtime and your tongue long to wrap itself around these words.

I finished my 10,000 word story for HOUSEFIRE. I will be making edits to it and then turning it in by May 15. If they accept it, you’ll see it in June. Keep your fingers crossed, boys and girls.


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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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