Dan Brady is is the author of two chapbooks, Cabin Fever / Fossil Record (Flying Guillotine Press, 2014) and Leroy Sequences (Horse Less Press, 2014). Brady’s poems have appear or are forthcoming in Artifice, Big Lucks, Everyday Genius, H_NGM_N, Sink Review, and So & So Magazine among others. He is the poetry editor of Barrelhouse and lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and two kids.

Hey, it’s me! Here’s a little more than I usually put out there:

Sometimes I have a beard, sometimes I don’t.

I grew up mostly in New Jersey with brief stints in Aruba and California. At the College of New Jersey I majored in English with minors in Creative Writing and Paleontology. While there I founded Ink, a student organization that supports the literary and creative writing community, and the Goods, a day-long student arts festival. After graduation, I earned a MA in Arts Management from George Mason University, interning at the Association of Writers & Writing Programs.

From 2005-2007, I served as the editor of American Poets, the journal of the Academy of American Poets, working with poets such as Sherman Alexie, Rae Armantrout, John Ashbery, Joshua Beckman, Mark Doty, Peter Gizzi, Donald Hall, Matthea Harvey, Lyn Hejinian, W.S. Merwin, Sharon Olds, Kay Ryan, Dean Young, and others.

After getting married in 2007, my wife and I moved back to Northern Virginia and I went to work in the Literature Division at the National Endowment for the Arts, where I received a Distinguished Service award from Chairman Dana Gioia.  I primarily worked on the Big Read, the largest community reading initiative in US history, creating reading guides to great works of American literature. Writing the Edgar Allan Poe guide was my favorite assignment. That guide was later reprinted in the 2009 Vintage Classics edition of Poe’s Great Tales and Poems. For the last few years, I’ve returned to the NEA each spring as a semi-finalist judge for Poetry Out Loud, a contest that encourages the nation’s youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation.

I currently provide consulting services in communications for an association of philanthropic foundations, but am mostly a stay-at-home dad.

Since 2005, I have been involved with the literary magazine (and now small press!) Barrelhouse. Barrelhouse is an independent non-profit based in DC that seeks to bridge the gap between serious art and pop culture. Work that originally appeared in Barrelhouse has been featured in Best American Nonrequired Reading, Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy, and the Million Writer’s Award. The magazine is nationally distributed to bookstores, big and small.

Each month I host the Barrelhouse Presents Reading Series at Petworth Citizen, which brings in writers representing other literary magazines and small presses we love.

Still want more? Get in touch at danbrady82@gmail.com.

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