Poet and naturalist 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; 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; and Once Removed (Persea, 2015).
Bradfield's poetry has been published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, Field, The Believer, The Rumpus, Orion, and elsewhere. Her essays have been published in National Parks Conservation Association Magazine, Terrain.org, West Branch Wired, as well as in the collection Up Here: The North at the Center of the World and elsewhere.
Anthologies such as This Assignment is So Gay: LGBTIQ Poets on Teaching (Sibling Rivalry Press); Open the Door: How to Excite Young People About Poetry (McSweeny's); The Ecopoetry Anthology (Trinity U. Press); The Echoing Green: Poems of Fields, Meadows & Grasses (Everyman Library); Poem-a-Day: 365 Poems for Every Occasion (Academy of American Poets) and others have included her work.
Bradfield has been awarded fellowships and scholarships from Stanford University's Wallace Stegner Fellowship program, the Bread Loaf Writer's Conference, and the Vermont Studio Center.
In 2005, Bradfield founded Broadsided Press (broadsidedpress.org), an innovative grassroots-distributed digital broadside project. Broadsided's mission is to help people put literature and art into public spaces in their communities. She is also a contributing editor to Alaska Quarterly Review.
Elizabeth grew up in Tacoma, Washington, completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Washington and received an MFA in poetry from the University of Alaska, Anchorage. She lives on Cape Cod and works as a naturalist locally and on expedition ships around the world (yearning always toward the higher latitudes, north and south). She teaches creative writing at Brandeis University.