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Lisa Bradley

, poem, Issue 41, December 15, 2017

Lisa M. Bradley resides in Iowa but grew up in South Texas, before the construction of the Border Wall. Her short fiction and poetry, always inflected by her queer latinidad, have infiltrated Strange Horizons, Uncanny Magazine, Cicada, and other publications. She loves gothic country and Americana music, broken taboos, Spanglish, and horror films—evidence of which you'll find in her collection, The Haunted Girl (Aqueduct Press). To read more of her work, see her website,, or follow her on Twitter (@cafenowhere), where she tweets about writing, resistance, art, animals, Latinx issues, immigration, and disability.

Biography Questions
Birthday? July 15
When did you start writing? 1st grade
When and what and where did you first get published?
I don't remember, but it might have been a poem, "Sun's Stroke", in Dreams and Nightmares 50, 1998.
What themes do you like to write about? Borders, taboos, culture contact, the unknown and unknowable
What books and/or poems have most resonated with you as a poet? Why? How do these stories and their characters find expression in your work?
The works of Shirley Jackson and Edgar Allan Poe taught me that "crazy" people can tell their own stories and that the uncanny is always whisper-close to what we call the real world. Like Jackson and Poe, I choose to focus on the marginalized, the outsiders.

Twitter? @cafenowhere