Jason Bradford: Poet, Editor, Friend

We at Ecotone are mourning the loss and celebrating the life of our coeditor for poetry, Jason Bradford. In addition to being a keen and perceptive editor, Jason was an incredibly talented poet. Here is a selection of his work, which we will update as new publications appear. We hope you will be as moved by his words as we continue to be.


“Approaching Limits at Carolina Beach” in Rogue Agent Journal

“A Poem for My Mom” in Fruita Pulp

“Altern/native” in Jubilat

The new issue of Dialogist is dedicated to Jason, and includes one of his poems.

Jason also has poems forthcoming in the Laurel Review, Iron Horse Literary Review, and Gulf Coast.

His chapbook, The Inhabitants, is available through Final Thursday Press.

And we’re grateful to the Kenyon Review for this incredibly thoughtful memorial.

If you have the means, there is a memorial fund set up for Jason here. The site will be available for donations through February 29, 2016.

From the site: “Our goal is to ensure that the costs associated with his passing do not have a catastrophic effect on his family. If we exceed this goal, we plan to establish scholarships (both to UNCW’s Creative Writing Program and to Camp Courageous in Iowa) in his name.”

Our love and thoughts are with Shirley Niedermann, Jason’s mother, and with all his friends and family at UNC Wilmington, the University of Northern Iowa, and beyond.