July 7, 2015

Introducing Neil

Each year, I focus on some kind of major project. Last year, it was the Yelp reviews. 2013 was focused on making final edits to The Bones of Us and creating my e-chapbook, Porn For The Blind. I wasn’t sure what I was going to work on this year until I stumbled onto it in the first workshop I took for my MFA program.

I always believe that a core idea finds you. If you go looking for a core idea to work with, you run the risk of not finding it or forcing the idea to exist only for it to falter when you explore it. I also believe in keeping a core idea vague enough where it allows you lots of wiggle room to explore it. For example, the core idea in my novella Bodies Made of Smoke was “a woman who is a big fan of the Highlander franchise”. I was able to do a lot with that core idea.

Part of my (ongoing) MFA thesis work won the 2015 Five [Quarterly]‘s e-chapbook contest in the Fiction category. I’ve been nominated for Best of the Net and a Pushcart Prize a couple of times. This is the first time I’ve ever won something, literary or otherwise and it’s a really amazing, humbling moment. Click the picture below to check it out.



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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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