About the Author
Brad Rose was born and raised in Los Angeles, and lives in Boston. He is a sociologist, and author of five full-length collections of poetry and flash fiction, Pink X-Ray (Big Table Publishing, 2015), de/tonations, (Nixes Mate Press, 2020), Momentary Turbulence (Cernvena Barva Press, 2020) and No. Wait. I Can Explain(Pelekinesis, 2022). WordinEdgeWise is forthcoming from Cervena Barva Press. Seven times nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and twice nominated for the Best of the Net Anthology, Brad’s poetry and fiction have appeared in over one hundred journals, including The Los Angeles Times, The American Journal of Poetry, New York Quarterly, Clockhouse, Folio, Lunch Ticket, The Baltimore Review, Into the Void, Boston Literary Magazine, Blink Ink, Hunger Mountain, Sequestrum, 45th Parallel, and other publications. His story “Desert Motel,” appears in Best Microfiction, 2019. Brad is also the author of seven poetry chapbooks: Democracy of Secrets, Dancing School Nerves, An Evil Twin is Always in Good Company, Coyotes Circle the Party Store, Away with Words, Funny You Should Ask, and Collateral.
Video interview with Brad Poet to Poet, Writer to Writer
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 seven times 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 five collections of poetry and flash fiction, Pink X-Ray, de/tonations, Momentary Turbulence, No. Wait. I Can Explain, and the forthcoming WordinEdgeWise.