Artborne Magazine July 2016 - Page 37

trated poetry collection The Bones of Us, and then just a year later in , releases prose poem chapbook It Is A Wild Swing Of A Knife. This year his first novel drops. I ask him about it. LiteratureJ. Bradley by Mary McGinn I meet with Jesse Bradley at College Park’s Infusion Tea. The teahouse smells of bright herbs and cake. There are bookshelves to peruse and novelty trinkets galore. Meeting here was a good choice. Jesse has an advanced copy of his new novel The Adventures of Jesus Christ, Boy Detective in his hands and a new pair of glasses on his face. Jesse is one of the founders of Orlando’s literary scene as we know it. I met him a little over a year ago at There Will Be Verse, a periodic poetry slam he runs. I ask him to tell me about the early days, and he says I’m asking him to dig up ancient history. “I want to say it was the early ’s when I discovered poetry slam through the documentary Slam Nation,” he says. At that time in Orlando history nearly every open mic was devoted to just music. So in , he starts a poetry slam at UCF through the English Honor’s Society ΣΣΔ. They jump to downtown Orlando for a year or two, then settle into Stardust Video & Coffee (back when it was a video rental place) for years. During this time Stardust changes their business model and gets their liquor license. During this same time Orlando’s Art Scene Jesse competes in five National Poetry Slams and gets poems published in various literary magazines. In he gets pieces accepted in to PANK, and not too long after he becomes their Interview Editor. At this point, he’s been writing poetry exclusively for over a decade. “My world view of literature got bigger because I worked for PANK. I read every piece that was published that month, because I would write custom interview questions for every single writer.” This inspired Jesse