I’m finally home from my trip, despite my cab driver being a total asshole. I needed this trip as a mini-recharge and it did what it was supposed to quite well.

Laura Straub with Vouched Books Atlanta knows how to put together a reading. Friday’s reading was one of the best readings I’ve ever had the pleasure to participate in, and I was lucky enough to capture everyone on video.

I opened first with a piece called “On Writing ‘How An Autobot Sunk The Titanic'”, meta fan fiction that I’ve only performed once live and that was in April 2010 in Normal, IL. I was going to also read a poem after but I forgot I deleted most of my e-chaps (doh!) from my iPod Touch. You can watch it below.

Next came Tyler Gobble from the Over the Top Tour

Closing the first set was Melysa Martinez, Creative Loafing Atlanta’s sex columnist

After the intermission, Christopher Newgent, the Vouched Books founder, started the second set

Next came Amy McDaniel

Brian Oliu was next

Closing out the night was Matt Bell. Note, there was also a wedding reception going on at the same time of the reading. See if you can hear the Journey in the background of Matt’s reading.

I crashed at Matt DeBenedicits‘ house, the chief of Safety Third Enterprises. Thanks to him and his lovely wife, Jennifer, I got caught up on Breaking Bad and had a great time (and finally got to meet the amazing designer Brian Manley and his wife, who is on the cover of The Serial Rapist Sitting Behind You is a Robot). Overall, great trip. Can’t wait to go back.

In release news, my five story collection It Smells Like Plastic And Hurt Feelings is available through KUBOA Books. You can get the free e-book version over at Smashwords here.

The genesis of the Jesus Christ, Boy Detective concept is live at red lightbulbs, which you can read over here.

We Will Celebrate Our Failures got its first review, which you can check out here. If you are in Orlando, you should come to the official release party, which the details are available here.

Once, I Was An Angry Penguin comes out on April 23 as an e-chap through NAP. Here’s the cover for it. Can’t wait for y’all to read it.

Off to write some more for the novel and to edit Bodies Made of Smoke. Enjoy your Monday.


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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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