In 16 days, I’m producing a limited run of a poetry slam series spun off from my reading series, There Will Be Words. 

I’ve said before that I would never run a poetry slam again and I stepped back and looked at why I initially said “never again”: the stress of sending poets to regional and national competitions. I didn’t have enough support within the slam to help with raising money to go and I really could have used that to keep it going. This time, I’m not making any plans to send individuals or teams to competitions unless poets and the overall community is willing to collaborate and contribute time and energy to fundraising efforts. I’d rather spend my money publishing the winner of a slam season and helping him/her edit their chapbook, publish it, promote it, and get it in front of literary magazines for reviews. There is a far greater world of poetry outside of slam and I aim to push people towards that world where possible.

You can check out more about the event, There Will Be Verse, and the rules of the show here.


I’ve been working on a new ongoing project where I combine technical writing with poetry. The first of these appeared here in Quarter. The most recent one “How To Survive In 1995” appeared in Cartridge Lit. The reaction over it on Twitter has been really cool. You can read “How To Survive In 1995” here.

The Bones of Us got a really generous review over at Arbitrary News & Review which you can check out 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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