Bradley J. Fest is assistant professor of English at Hartwick College, where he teaches creative writing, poetry, and twentieth- and twenty-first-century United States literature and culture. He is the author of two volumes of poetry, The Rocking Chair (Blue Sketch, 2015) and The Shape of Things (Salò, 2017; read it here), and a chapbook-length portfolio/excerpt from The Shape of Things was a finalist for the 2015 Tomaž Šalamun Prize and was recently published in Verse (a preview here).
Other poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The After Happy Hour Review, The Airgonaut, Always Crashing, amberflora, BathHouse, Breakwater Review, Dispatches from the Poetry Wars, Empty Mirror, Epigraph, Flatbush Review, Flywheel, Grain, HVTN, Likely Red, Mannequin Haus, Masque & Spectacle (also here), Nerve Cowboy, The Offbeat, Open Thread, Pamenar, PELT, Pine Hills Review, PLINTH, Poetics for the More-than-Human World: An Anthology of Poetry and Commentary (Spuyten Duyvil, forthcoming 2020), Rabid Oak, Second Chance Anthology (Variant Literature, forthcoming 2020), Small Po[r]tions, Spork (also here and here), Sugar House Review, Tenebrae: A Journal of Poetics, The 2River View, TXTOBJX, and elsewhere.
Fest’s critical and scholarly writing on contemporary literature and culture has appeared in boundary 2 (also interviews here and here), The b2o Review (also here), CounterText, Critical Quarterly, Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction, First Person Scholar, Studies in the Novel, and Wide Screen; essays have also been published in the collections David Foster Wallace and “The Long Thing”: New Essays on the Novels (Bloomsbury, 2014), Scale in Literature and Culture (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), and The Silence of Fallout: Nuclear Criticism in a Post-Cold War World (Cambridge Scholars, 2013). His 2014 interview with J. Hillis Miller has been reprinted in Reading Inside Out: Interviews and Conversations (Sussex Academic Press, 2017), and a short collaborative piece is in Joseph A. Dane’s Begging the Question: Critical Reading in Chaucer Studies, Book History, and Humanistic Inquiry (Mythodologies II) (Marymount Institute Press, 2019).
Fest did his undergraduate work at the University of Arizona and holds an MFA in creative writing and a PhD in English from the University of Pittsburgh, where he taught for many years. He has also taught at Carnegie Mellon University and was the 2019-20 Winifred D. Wandersee Scholar in Residence at Hartwick College.
Further information regarding Fest’s articles, presentations, and teaching materials can be found on his academia.edu page.
Bradley J. Fest’s curriculum vitae.