Bradley J. Fest is assistant professor of English at Hartwick College. He is the author of two volumes of poetry, The Rocking Chair (Blue Sketch, 2015) and The Shape of Things (Salò, 2017), and his poems have appeared in over two-dozen journals, including recent publications in Grain, Masque & Spectacle, Nerve CowboyQueen Mob’s Teahouse, Spork, Sugar House Review, Verse, and elsewhere. He has also written a number of essays on contemporary literature and culture, which have been published in boundary 2, CounterText, Critique, Scale in Literature and Culture (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), The Silence of Fallout (Cambridge Scholars, 2013), Studies in the Novel, and elsewhere. More information is available at bradleyjfest.com.


PhD in English, University of Pittsburgh, 2013

MFA in Creative Writing, University of Pittsburgh, 2007

BA in English and Creative Writing, University of Arizona, 2004

Other Publications

Poetry Collections

The Shape of Things (Norwich, UK: Salò, 2017). 96 pages.

The Rocking Chair (Pittsburgh, PA: Blue Sketch, 2015). 120 pages. 

Refereed Articles

“Reading Now and Again: Hyperarchivalism and Democracy in Ranjan Ghosh and J. Hillis Miller’s Thinking Literature across Continents,” CounterText 4, no. 1 (April 2018): 9–29, https://doi.org/10.3366/count.2018.0114.

“Mobile Games, SimCity BuildIt, and Neoliberalism,” First Person Scholar, November 9, 2016, http://www.firstpersonscholar.com/mobile-games-simcity-buildit-and-neoliberalism/.

“Metaproceduralism: The Stanley Parable and the Legacies of Postmodern Metafiction,” in “Videogame Adaptation,” ed. Kevin M. Flanagan, special issue, Wide Screen 6, no. 1 (2016): 1–23, http://widescreenjournal.org/index.php/journal/article/view/105/145.

“Geologies of Finitude: The Deep Time of Twenty-First-Century Catastrophe in Don DeLillo’s Point Omega and Reza Negarestani’s Cyclonopedia,” Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction 57, no. 5 (2016): 565–78.

“The Inverted Nuke in the Garden: Archival Emergence and Anti-Eschatology in David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest,” boundary 2 39, no. 3 (Fall 2012): 125–49. (Awarded the 2013 SLSA Schachterle Prize for the best essay written by a nontenured scholar.)

“‘Then Out of the Rubble’: The Apocalypse in David Foster Wallace’s Early Fiction,” Studies in the Novel 44, no. 3 (Fall 2012): 284–303.

Book Chapters

“Writing Briefly about Really Big Things,” in Begging the Question: Chauceriana, Book History, and Humanistic Inquiry (Mythodologies II), by Joseph A. Dane (Los Angeles: Marymount Institute Press, 2019).

“Toward a Theory of the Megatext: Speculative Criticism and Richard Grossman’s ‘Breeze Avenue Working Paper,’” in Scale in Literature and Culture, ed. Michael Tavel Clarke and David Wittenberg (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), 253-80.

“‘Then Out of the Rubble’: David Foster Wallace’s Early Fiction,” in David Foster Wallace and “The Long Thing”: New Essays on the Novels, ed. Marshall Boswell (New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2014), 85–105.

“Apocalypse Networks: Representing the Nuclear Archive,” in The Silence of Fallout: Nuclear Criticism in a Post-Cold War World, ed. Michael J. Blouin, Morgan Shipley, and Jack Taylor (Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars, 2013), 81–103. (An earlier draft of this essay was the recipient of the 2011 SFRA Student Paper Award; selected as one of the best books of 2013 by Zero Books.)


“Isn’t It a Beautiful Day? An Interview with J. Hillis Miller,” in Reading Inside Out: J. Hillis Miller in Conversation, ed. David Jonathan Y. Bayot (Manila, Philippines and East Sussex, UK: De La Salle University Publishing House and Sussex Academic Press, 2017), 191-224.

“An Interview with Jonathan Arac,” boundary 2 43, no. 2 (May 2016): 27–57.

“Isn’t It a Beautiful Day? An Interview with J. Hillis Miller,” boundary 2 41, no. 3 (Fall 2014): 123–58.


“The Function of Videogame Criticism,” review of How to Talk about Videogames, by Ian Bogost, b2o Review, August 3, 2016, http://www.boundary2.org/2016/08/the-function-of-videogame-criticism/.

“Poetics of Control,” review of The Interface Effect, by Alexander R. Galloway, b2o Review, July 15, 2015, http://boundary2.org/2015/07/15/poetics-of-control/.

Review of Consider David Foster Wallace: Critical Essays, ed. David Hering, Critical Quarterly 53, no. 2 (Summer 2011): 102–6.

“Revisiting the End: Margaret Atwood’s Eco-Jeremiad,” review of The Year of the Flood, by Margaret Atwood, Hot Metal Bridge (October 2009), http://hotmetalbridge.org/2009/10/revisiting-the-end-atwood’s-eco-jeremiad/.

“Keep On Keepin’ On: Pynchon Rewriting American History,” review of Inherent Vice, by Thomas Pynchon, Hot Metal Bridge (September 2009), http://hotmetalbridge.org/2009/09/keep-on-keepin’-on-pynchon-rewriting-american-history/.

Poetry in Journals

“2016.31,” “2016.33,” “2016.36: Preface,” and “2017.01: Afterword,” Always Crashing, no. 3 (forthcoming 2020).

“2016.05” and “2016.08,” in “Tenth-Anniversary Issue,” Sugar House Review, no. 20 (forthcoming Fall/Winter 2019).

“2016.16,” “2016.17,” “2016.18,” 2016.21,” “2016.22,” and “2016.26,” Mannequin Haus, no. 14 (forthcoming 2019).

“Ekphraseis,” Masque & Spectacle, no. 18, September 1, 2019, https://masqueandspectacle.com/2019/09/01/ekphraseis-bradley-j-fest/.

“Blason I,” “Blason II,” and “Blason III,” Queen Mob’s Teahouse, August 8, 2019, https://queenmobs.com/2019/08/poems-bradley-j-fest/.

“2016.35,” Nerve Cowboy, no. 45 (forthcoming September 2018).

“2016.15,” Likely Red, April 23, 2018, https://likelyred.com/2018/04/23/2016-15-by-bradley-j-fest/.

“2014.07,” “2014.08,” “2015.03,” “2015.07,” and “2015.08,” The Airgonaut, February 1, 2018, https://theairgonautblog.wordpress.com/2018/02/01/five-poems-2/.

“2016.11,” “2016.13,” “2016.20,” “2016.24,” and “2016.25,” HVTN 3, no. 2 (November 2017): 25–29.

“2015.05” and “2015.06,” Epigraph Magazine, no. 16 (September 2017): 8–9, http://www.epigraphmagazine.com/uploads/1/5/6/7/15676572/epigraph_issue_016.pdf.

“2015.13,” “2015.16,” “2015.25,” and “2015.27,” in “Relativity of Zen,” ed. Adam Pottle, Grain 44, no. 3 (Spring 2017): 50–53.

“2015.17,” The Offbeat, no. 17 (Fall 2016): 82.

“The Shape of Things I,” “Architects and Their Books,” “What We Are Looking At,” “Tristeza,” “An Ode to 2013: We Are the National Security Agency’s Children,” “Throw Out Your Life,” and “The Shape of Things II,” Verse 33, nos. 1–3 (2016): 123–59. (Finalist for the 2015 Tomaž Šalamun Prize).

“2016.01,” “2016.19,” and “2016.23,” Masque & Spectacle, no. 9 (September 2016), https://masqueandspectacle.com/2016/09/01/3-poems-bradley-j-fest/.

“2015.01,” TXTOBJX, July 28, 2016, http://txtobjx.com/post/148094387492/201501.

“Architects and Their Books,” Verse (blog), April 16, 2016, http://versemag.blogspot.com/2016/04 /bradley-fest-2015-tomaz-salamun-prize.html.

“2014.01,” “2014.02,” “2014.03,” “2014.04,” “2014.05,” and “2014.06,” Empty Mirror, October 13, 2015, http://www.emptymirrorbooks.com/features/six-sonnets-by-bradley-j-fest.html.

“2015.02,” Small Po(r)tions, no. 5 (Fall 2015), 69, http://smallportionsjournal.com/2015/09/29/ bradley-j-fest-2015-02/.

“The Shape of Things I,” “Winter, or, Some (Future) Ambiguities,” and “We’re Just Like Yesterday’s Headlines,” PLINTH, no. 3 (Spring 2015), http://www.plinth.us/issue03/fest.html.

“Oceanic” and “Survival City,” in “Sci-Pulp Poetics,” special issue, PELT, no. 3 (September 2014), 52–55, http://organismforpoeticresearch.org/two-poems-bradley-fest/.

“One Summer Near Niagara,” 2River View 18, no. 4 (Summer 2014), http://www.2river.org/2RView/18_4/poems/fest.html.

“If the Marianas Trench Were a Gathering of Sound,” After Happy Hour Review, no. 1 (Spring 2014): 22, http://afterhappyhourreview.com/. Reprinted in After Happy Hour Review: Best of 2014 Edition (Fall 2014), 24.

“2013.04,” “2013.05,” and “2013.06,” Spork, July 7, 2013, http://sporkpress.com/?p=3973.

“2013.01,” “2013.02,” and “2013.03,” Spork, June 30, 2013, http://sporkpress.com/?p=3939.

“Two Parts of a Parallax Gap1,” Flywheel Magazine, no. 2 (January 2012), http://www.flywheelmag.com/962/two-parts-of-a-parallax-gap%C2%B9/.

“A Second E(ff)luvium,” BathHouse: Hypermedia Arts Journal 8, no. 1 (February 2011), http://bhjournal.com/issues/Vol8_1/bradley-fest-effluvium.php.

“Nothingness Introduced into the Heart of the Image,” in Open Thread Regional Review, vol. 2, ed. Cecilia Westbrook (Pittsburgh, PA: Open Thread, 2010), 53.

“The One/Symphony of the Great Transnational,” Spork 6, no. 1 (2007), http//www.sporkpress.com/6_1/pieces/Fest.html.


Works in Progress

2013–2016: Sonnets (third poetry manuscript currently under consideration at various contests and presses). 75 pages.

Untitled fourth poetry manuscript.

Too Big to Read: The Megatext in the Twenty-First Century (second book project).

The Hyperarchival Parallax: Essays on Contemporary Culture.

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

“The Space of Megatexts: ‘Reading’ Mark Leach’s Marienbad My Love,” Bad Novels, Modern Language Association Convention, Seattle, WA, January 10, 2020.

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