Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  John Bradley  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction Poetry

Audience: Adult;


-- Website --
-- John Bradley on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Bradley lives in DeKalb, Illinois and is an English professor at Northern Illinois University.

Biographical and Professional Information

Bradley has been teaching English courses at Northern Illinois University since 1992. He has written several books and has edited ''Atomic Ghost: Poets Respond to the Nuclear Age'', a poetry anthology; ''Learning to Glow: A Nuclear Reader'', a collection of essays; and ''Eating the Pure Light: Homage to Thomas McGrath''.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Love-in-Idleness: The Poetry of Roberto Zingarello
ISBN: 0915380889

The Word Works. 2014

In his fictional speaker, Roberto Zingarello, John Bradley has found a way to manage the weight of the 20th century, questing for love, truth, and revenge. Fascist Italy is confronted and ultimately transcended as Bradley's obsessions with Italian film and literature bear this astonishing fruit, a history both public and private. Says Ray Gonzalez of the Bloomsbury Review, "We need more characters like Zingarello in American poetry and more poets like Bradley who will step out of bounds to shake us with writing that is so different and important." Bill Tremblay adds, "With Love-in-Idleness, John Bradley enters the world of fictive poetry, and we are the richer for it. In Zingarello, Bradley has created a voice big enough to express the human dream of transcending history."

You Don't Know What You Don't Know (CSU Poetry)
ISBN: 1880834901

Cleveland State U Poetry Center. 2010

Poetry. Winner of the 2009 Cleveland State University Poetry Center Open Competition. A collection of prose poems that might be described as Franz Kafka and Frida Kahlo going out for a date at Coney Island. The book reflects what happens when you drop an American history textbook, an issue of People, and a short history of dreams into a blender.

Terrestrial Music
ISBN: 1931896283

Curbstone Books. 2006

The poetry in Terrestrial Music has been inspired by Pablo Neruda, Thomas McGrath, Muriel Rukeyser, and Martín Espada. In lyrics that explore issues that affect our daily lives, such as ecology, genocide, hunger, nuclear damage, and violence, John Bradley not only celebrates the beauty of earth and the redeeming power of nature, but also confronts social injustice and fully explores the impact of the industrial uses of radium with detailed historical anecdotes and documentation. These poems identify one common source of strength: The earth is part of our identity, our body, and our soul.

War on Words: The John Bradley - Tomaz Salamun Confusement
ISBN: 0975922734

BlazeVOX Books. 2006

War on Words by John Bradley

Add Musk Here
ISBN: 1886350558

Pavement Saw Pr. 2002

Book by Bradley, John


He is the recipient of a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship in poetry.

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (No)