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Red Hen Press, a Los Angeles independent publisher founded by Kate Gale, is the place for new poems, new fiction, and lesbian fiction/lesbian books.

Los Angeles Independent Publishing

New Poems

Red Hen Press, a Los Angeles independent publisher founded by Kate Gale, is the place for new poems, new fiction, and lesbian fiction/lesbian books.

Elizabeth Bradfield

Elizabeth Bradfield

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Elizabeth Bradfield is the author of Interpretive Work (Red Hen Press 2008), which is the debut publication of Arktoi Books, winner of the 2009 Audre Lorde Prize, and a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. Robin Becker said of the book, "In her marvelous debut collection, Elizabeth Bradfield probes the work of daily life, locating her speakers in family, intimate relationship, neighborhood, wilderness, and workplace . . . an important new voice among us."

Elizabeth grew up in Tacoma, Washington, and has since called Cape Cod and Alaska home. She holds an MFA from the University of Alaska Anchorage, and has received a Wallace Stegner Fellowship as well as scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and the Vermont Studio Center. Her poetry has been published in such journals as The Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, Prairie Schooner, Field, The Believer and Orion. She is founder and editor of Broadsided Press (www.broadsidedpress.org), a modern incarnation of the traditional broadside with the mission of putting words and art on the streets.

Liz has taught creative writing at primary and secondary schools, universities, and in non-academic settings. In addition to leading a literary life, Liz works as a naturalist.

Los Angeles Independent Publishing

New Poems

Red Hen Press, a Los Angeles independent publisher founded by Kate Gale, is the place for new poems, new fiction, and lesbian fiction/lesbian books.

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Interpretive Work

Interpretive Work

Elizabeth Bradfield
2008-03-01
$20.00 TP
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Description:

Natural history, work, queerness, and family collide in Interpretive Work. When they do, a deep stubborn will emerges, a belief in the unexpected beauty of the world "flaws and all. The poems of this collection foreground the role of the viewer" the interpreter "smudging self across what's seen."

From neighborhood kids cussing in the cul-de-sac to marbled murrelets calling in Southeast Alaska, the poems of this book reach toward a moment where one finds "this unsettlement, / this beauty applauded at last."

Bradfield delivers her bruised truths through a quiet honesty that stands in ardent defense of mainstream normative expectations. A male singer has a woman's high, sweet voice, redefining beauty. A female deer grows antlers. A woman chooses to be child-free without regret. As a whole, these poems furtively suggest that the tourist on the sunset cruise ship misinterprets the cravings of humpback whales in the same way Bradfield's family, neighbors and bureaucratic officials misunderstand love, sexuality and gender.

Interpretive Work was awarded the 2009 Audre Lorde Award from the Publishing Triangle.


Los Angeles Independent Publishing

New Poems

Red Hen Press, a Los Angeles independent publisher founded by Kate Gale, is the place for new poems, new fiction, and lesbian fiction/lesbian books.