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margaret carlson bradleyMartha Carlson-Bradley, poet, Hillsborough

Martha Carlson-Bradley was born in Gardner, Massachusetts, and received her MFA in Writing from Warren Wilson College and a PhD in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 2000 she was awarded a St. Botolph Foundation Grant and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her extensive reading schedule has included many local venues, such as the Dell Rossi's Reading Series in Dublin, Poetry Hoot Series in Portsmouth, AVA Gallery Readings in Lebanon and New England Voices Series at the Toadstool Bookshop in Milford. Season We Can't Resist, her first full-length book of poems, will be published in 2007 by WordTech Editions. Her chapbooks include Nest Full of Cries, a poem sequence based on Hansel and Gretel, and Beast at the Hearth, based on three different versions of the Beauty and the Beast tale; both chapbooks were published by Adastra Press. Her works have appeared in such magazines as New England Review, Worcester Review, Carolina Quarterly, Yankee Magazine, and Marlboro Review.

Former board trustee and director of publications at the New Hampshire Writers' Project, Carlson-Bradley currently works as a freelance book and magazine editor and as a freelance writer, with pieces recently published in The Wire and The Occasional Moose. Her uncle is acclaimed New Hampshire visual artist, E. Thor Carlson of Newport, NH.

carlson bradley book"My work is predominately lyric in nature--emphasizing timeless, single moments of insight and associations of images, ideas and feelings-but my lyric poems are often strung together in sequences that suggest a narrative line. I strive for language that is both lush and spare-and though my poems touch on the personal, I'm committed to writing poems that connect to worlds much larger than my own personal history, such as the worlds of nature, science, history and folklore."


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