February 6, 2012

You’re No Bruce Vilanch

It took me a week, but I’m finally, finally used to my new glasses.

Upgrade complete.

My eyes were a little worse this time and I found out from the optometrist that I have astigmatism in my left eyes. I would like to thank my parents for the faulty genetics (and a tank like immune system) . It’s been awhile since I’ve returned to the heavy framed nerd look but I fell in love with these frames when I saw them. Once it got the girlfriend seal of approval, these were meant for me.

This week is a busy one for me. Here’s the rundown where you can find me and listen to me read, talk, drink.

This Friday I’m part of Maitland Poets & Writers Culture & Cocktails reading series over at Germaine Marvel building: Maitland Art Center 231 W. Packwood Ave., Maitland. $5 gets you admission and a glass of wine or a beer (which is a sweet deal). Doors at 6. Readings are at 7pm. I’m reading with Kirsten Holt, Jocelyn Bartkevicius, and Nicholas Brown.

This Saturday from 11 am to 1 pm, there’s this

This will be a lot of fun. Just to let you know, I’m not the lecture type. This will be a discussion that requires active participation. You’ll be expected to take a little risk, which is required to write any love poem.

Also, we’ve got There Will Be Words on Valentine’s Day, a great place for a first or last date.

A big thank you goes out to the incredibly talented editor/writer Simon Jacobs for being the first to take advantage of my special, which I will now shamelessly plug on my own.

For $20, you get an autographed copy of Dodging TrafficThe Serial Rapist Sitting Behind You is a Robot, and How Esmeralda Estrus Got Her Revenge and an original poem e-mailed to you. For $15, you get EsmeraldaRapist, a mystery gift and an original poem e-mailed to you. Either way, you can wire the money over to senryujournalist at gmail dot com. All proceeds go to keeping me well stocked in Vitamin Jameson in Chicago, or to cure my terminal illness of sobriety, depending how you want to take it.

Finally, the fine folk at The Rusty Nail published five of my poems, which you can check out 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 iheartfailure.net.

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