My Yelp collection, Pick How You Will Revise A Memory, received an honorable mention in Civil Coping Mechanisms’s Mainline competition this past week. Mainline is a really tough competition because a) it’s free and b) a lot of quality work comes into the press, especially during their Mainline period. Out of hundreds of manuscripts, mine was one of 14-15 named in the end. I’ll take that as a minor victory.

Mainline - Civil Coping Mechanisms.clipular

The Bones of Us was like that too. It had interest, even made it to the finalist round of one of the Write Bloody submission periods. It took awhile but it found the right home but I knew it would find a home based on that one victory within defeat.


I’m doing a reading with Terry Ann Thaxton on July 24. After I read a poem from The Bones of Us, she’ll respond back with a poem from her collection, The Terrible Wife. We’ll go back and forth for about 30-40 minutes and then do Q & A and a book signing. The reading is called The Bones of The Terrible Wife. I’ve never done anything like this with another poet and I think it’s going to be tremendous fun. Check out the event page here.

The Bones of Us was reviewed over on That Lit Site, which you can read here.

I responded to the Hobby Lobby decision made by the Supreme Court over at New Verse News, which you can read here.

And finally, please vote for me as Best Local Poet and There Will Be Words as Best Literary Reading Series 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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