The Orlando Weekly put out their annual Best of Orlando issue and I found this.

There’s not enough words to capture the joy in such recognition. Fiction in Orlando has been really terrific to me since transitioning away from running poetry shows and I’m proud to be contributing to a growing, talented fiction community that deserves more attention than all the poetry nights in this town. Below is such proof.

15 Views of Orlando got an incredibly well-deserved shout out in the same issue. Orlando lit thugs represent.

I went to the Best of Orlando party last night because I’ve never been to one and I quickly realized

  1. I am too old to wait in line for anything free.
  2. I am too old to be in loud, claustrophobic environments.
  3. Loud, claustrophobic environments are terrible places to drink or have a conversation for longer than five yelling minutes in.
  4. Corporate life makes drinking copious amounts of free booze hard on a Wednesday.

I’m glad people had a good time but it wasn’t for me. Thanks Orlando Weekly though for the award and the invite. It is appreciated and humbling.

The latest issue of NAP is up. Go read it 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

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