About the Author
Brad Rose was born and raised in Los Angeles, and lives in Boston. He is a sociologist, and author of a collection of poetry and flash fiction, Pink X-Ray (Big Table Publishing, 2015 http://pinkx-ray.com ) Two new books of poems, Momentary Turbulence and WordinEdgeWise are forthcoming from Cervena Barva Press. Four times nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and once nominated for the Best of the Net Anthology, Brad’s poetry and fiction have appeared in, The Los Angeles Times, The American Journal of Poetry, Folio, decomP, Lunch Ticket, The Baltimore Review, Boston Literary Magazine, Right Hand Pointing, Sequestrum, and other publications. His story “Desert Motel,” appears in Best Microfiction, 2019.
Brad’s poems are predominantly character-driven and surreal, yet because of their use of everyday, colloquial language, they are also accessible and lucid. They compel the reader to ask not, “What does this poem mean?” but rather, “Who is this speaker/narrator?” and “What can I learn from her/his implicit struggles, aspirations, defeats, and quirky observations?” Many of Brad’s poems feature speakers who operate on the outer edge of rationality and clear thinking, but who haven’t quite stepped over that edge. Not quite.
Brad’s focus on micro/flash fiction enables him to explore the multiple dimensions of human experience in extremely brief narrative formats. Brad is the author of more that 500 flash/micro fiction stories and has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Titles include: “Me and Buddy at the Pink Elephant,” “Naked to the Waist,” “A Stabbing,” and “They’re Reading My Mind Again.” His story, “Desert Motel,” appears in Best Microfiction, 2019.
Brad is the author of Pink X-Ray, a full length collection of poetry and fiction, and five chapbooks of fiction and poetry. About, Pink X-Ray, the poet Howie Good observed, “Brad Rose enhances our understanding of life, death, and everything in-between through manic images that challenge conventional perception. His poetry and short fiction remind us that good literature is not only something to read, but also something to experience. Pink X-Ray provides the kind of reading experience that rattles the brain and refurbishes the heart.” Two new books of poems, Momentary Turbulence and WordinEdgeWise are forthcoming from Cervena Barva Press. Brad’s chapbooks include, Democracy of Secrets, Dancing School Nerves, An Evil Twin is Always in Good Company, Away with Words, and Coyotes Circle the Party Store.