Spring 2010: Poet and UAA grad Elizabeth Bradfield will read her work

by Kathleen McCoy  |   

Today, March 3, 7:30 p.m.
UAA Fine Arts, Room 116

Elizabeth Bradfield is the author of Approaching Ice (Persea Books, 2010), a book of poems about Arctic and Antarctic exploration that was a finalist for the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets. She also wrote Interpretive Work (Arktoi Books/Red Hen Press, 2008)  which won the Audre Lorde Award and was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award.

UAA's Campus Bookstore staff will be on-hand to sell Bradfield's books at the March 3 evening author reading.

Bradfield's poetry has been published in The Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, Prairie Schooner, Field, The Believer, Orion, and numerous other journals and anthologies. She has been awarded fellowships and scholarships from Stanford University's Wallace Stegner program, the Bread Loaf Writer's Conference, the Vermont Studio Center, and elsewhere.

In 2005, Bradfield founded Broadsided, which she still runs. A grassroots, virtual, collaborative press, Broadsided attempts to pull literary work out of journals and put it on the streets. It brings words together with the energy of original visual art, publishing monthly collaborations on the Web site as PDFs that are then downloaded, printed and posted around the world by "Vectors."

Elizabeth grew up in Tacoma, WA. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Washington and received an MFA in poetry from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2005. She lives now on Cape Cod and works as a web designer and naturalist.

Bradfield's free evening reading will be held on Wednesday, March 3, in Arts, Room 116 at 7:30 p.m. Her visit is being sponsored by the Creative Writing & Literary Arts Department, Low-Residency MFA Program, and the College of Arts & Sciences Arts Council, Experience the Arts 2010.

For more information, please contact Kathleen Tarr at (907) 786-4394 or afkt1@uaa.alaska.edu.

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