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Timothy Bradford

Timothy Bradford

Timothy Bradford,
Red Earth MFA Faculty Mentor
Red Earth MFA


My writing practice and pedagogy emphasize possibility, exploration, and process grounded in the study of craft and traditions and in a commitment to disciplined, recursive work. In addition, my experience in literature and composition classrooms enables me to teach insightful, clearly communicated analysis of creative writing as a means to better understanding how such writing works, and to offer instruction in composition and creative writing pedagogy. I also value and teach collaborative and community writing practices, especially those that engender dialogue with other narratives and social justice. Overall, I encourage my students to explore the full potential of language, their writing, and their being while developing polished, intriguing bodies of work that achieve their professional objectives and enhance their lives and the lives of others.

Timothy Bradford holds a BA in Human Biology from Stanford University and a PhD in English from Oklahoma State University. He is the author of the poetry collection Nomads with Samsonite and the introduction to Sadhus, a photography book on the ascetics of South Asia. Recent work has appeared in World Literature Today, Poetry Bay, ATTN:, Halvard Johnson’s Truck,Atticus Review/Boo’s Hollow, Art Focus Oklahoma, This Land, The Oklahoma Review, and Upstairs at Duroc. He received the Koret Foundation’s Young Writer on Jewish Themes Award for a novel-in-progress and has been a Writer-in-Residence at Stanford, a Guest Researcher at the Institute of Contemporary History in Paris, a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Tulsa, and a Visiting Assistant Professor at Oklahoma State University. In 2014, he cofounded Short Order Poems and started organizing and teaching with the Ralph Ellison Creative Writing Workshops, and in 2019, he began working with the Writers Guild at the Joseph Harp Correctional Facility in Lexington, Oklahoma. In addition to being a Faculty Mentor with the REMFA Program at Oklahoma City University, he is a Lecturer in the Expository Writing Program at the University of Oklahoma.