posted January 31, 2011

Poets Elizabeth Bradfield and Sean Hill to Read on Feb. 10

The Jack Ridl Visiting Writers Series of Hope College will feature poets Elizabeth Bradfield and Sean Hill on Thursday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m. at the Knickerbocker Theatre in downtown Holland.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

Elizabeth Bradfield is the author of "Interpretive Work" (Arktoi Books/Red Hen Press, 2008), which won the Audre Lorde Award and was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award, and "Approaching Ice" (Persea Books, 2010), a book of poems about Arctic and Antarctic exploration that was a finalist for the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets.

Bradfield's poetry has been published in "The Atlantic Monthly," "Poetry," "Prairie Schooner," "Field," "The Believer," "Orion," and numerous other journals and anthologies. She has been awarded fellowships and scholarships from StanfordUniversity's Wallace Stegner program, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, the VermontStudioCenter and elsewhere.

In 2005, Bradfield founded Broadsided (broadsidedpress.org), which she still runs. A grassroots, virtual, collaborative press, Broadsided attempts to pull literary work out of journals and put it on the streets. It brings words together with the energy of original visual art, publishing monthly collaborations on the website as pdfs that are then downloaded, printed, and posted around the world by "Vectors."

Born and raised in Milledgeville, Ga., Sean Hill has an MFA from the University of Houston. He has received fellowships and grants from Cave Canem, the Bush Foundation, The MacDowell Colony, the University of Wisconsin, Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, the Jerome Foundation and Stanford University, where he was a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry.

His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in "Callaloo," "Ploughshares," "Pleiades," "Crab Orchard Review," "DIAGRAM," "The Oxford American," "Tin House" and other literary journals, and in the anthologies "Blues Poems," "Gathering Ground," "The Ringing Ear" and "Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry." His first book, "Blood Ties & Brown Liquor," was published by the University of Georgia Press in 2008. He lives in Bemidji, Minn.

Additional information about the Jack Ridl Visiting Writers Series may be obtained online by going to www.hope.edu/vws.

A performance by a Hope jazz group will precede the reading beginning at 6:30 p.m.  The Knickerbocker Theatre is located at 86 E. Eighth St.