This past Saturday, I asked Laura to marry me. She said yes.



I didn’t see this coming a year ago when Laura found me on match dot com. I wasn’t planning anything or expecting anything, just finally let things happen naturally and they did.

I was nervous about proposing. I kept going back and forth on how I wanted to do it, when I wanted to do it, and where. Eventually, I figured out the best place to do it was her place, as we’ve created a lot of great memories there, and to do it away from our upcoming anniversary. It worked out to be a really beautiful, personal moment.


Sunday, Laura and I manned the table for There Will Be Words at the Locally Grown Words Book Fair over at East End Market, which was a kickoff event for the independent bookstore that will be there, Bookmark It!. We sold a good deal of product and the turnout for the fair was terrific. I didn’t realize though how exhausting working a book fair table was. It was the most intense four hours I’ve experienced in awhile, more intense when I’m training people in a classroom at work. The event was proof that Orlando’s lit scene is growing and we have strong community support.

If you haven’t bought a There Will Be Words chapbook, do it. Part of the proceeds go towards paying our writers because we believe writers should be paid for their time and for also funding cool projects. Check out our store here.


Poets & Writers wrote an article about the cool things YesYes Books is doing in their latest issue, including my forthcoming collection The Bones of Us. They also put up a slideshow of some of the YesYes Books projects, including three excerpts from the forthcoming collection.

  • Check out the article on YesYes here
  • Check out the slide show here


Lastly, MungBeing Magazine published the latest installment of Jesus Christ, Boy Detective, which you can read 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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