I survived one of the most rigorous reading/hosting schedules I’ve ever had. Some highlights:

  • During my feature at Austin’s, one of the audience members sketched this while I read:



  • I taught a workshop on writing and selling poetry. I think I rambled a little too much here and there but overall, I felt like I provided practical advice. Things like
    • Don’t give a publisher a reason to reject you based on your cover letter (saying this is your first submission or listing everything you are published in)
    • Self publishing is looked down upon in traditional poetry circles, but others choose to self publish to get their work out their to their target audience – it all depends what your personal mission is regarding your poetry
    • Work for literary magazines to get a feel for your voice and to create networking opportunities
  • I read four new poems in Art Evolution, inspired by four paintings of my choice. It felt good to read non The Bones of Us poems.
  • My last reading for awhile will be over on Lit Demon‘s website on June 19, 9pm ET. It will be a text and image show. More details can be found here.


The Bones of Us got reviewed over at FreezeRay Poetry, which you can check out here.

I read my poem in the first volume of BOAAT Press for them. Watch it below.


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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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