Bradley J. Fest is associate professor of literature, media, and writing and the 2022–25 Cora A. Babcock Chair in English at Hartwick College, where he has taught courses in creative writing, poetry and poetics, digital studies, and twentieth- and twenty-first-century United States literature and culture since 2017. 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), along with a number of essays on contemporary literature and culture. His third book of poetry, 2013–2017: Sonnets, the first volume in his ongoing sonnet sequence, will be published by LJMcD Communications in July 2024.
His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in over forty journals and anthologies, including Adjacent Pineapple, The Aesthetic Directory, The After Happy Hour Review, The Airgonaut, Always Crashing (also here and here), amberflora, Apocalypse Confidential, The Babel Tower Notice Board, BathHouse, Breakwater Review, Call Me [Brackets], The Decadent Review (also here, here, and here), Dispatches from the Poetry Wars, D.O.R (Deadly Orgone Radiation), Empty Mirror, Epigraph, Flatbush Review, Flywheel, Grain, HVTN, IceFloe Press, The Kitchen Sink, Likely Red, Mannequin Haus, Masque & Spectacle (also here), Matter, 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, 2020), Rabid Oak, The Second Chance Anthology (Variant Literature, 2020), Small Po[r]tions, Spork (and here and here), Sugar House Review, Tenebrae: A Journal of Poetics, The 2River View, TXTOBJX, Verse (a preview here), Version (9) (also here and here), and elsewhere.
Fest’s critical and scholarly writing on contemporary literature and culture has appeared in boundary 2 (also interviews here, here, and here), The b2o Review (also here), CounterText, Critical Quarterly, Critique, First Person Scholar, Genre, 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 a 2019–20 Winifred D. Wandersee Scholar in Residence at Hartwick College. He is the recipient of a Student Paper Award from the Science Fiction Research Association and the Schachterle Prize from the Society of Literature, Science, and the Arts, and he has received nominations for a Pushcart Prize and twice for Best of the Net.
Translations of Fest’s work into Slovenian have been published by Marko Bauer and Andrej Tomažin in IDIOT and Literatura.
Further information about Fest’s poetry, articles, presentations, and teaching materials can be found on his academia.edu page.
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