Elizabeth Bradfield grew up in Tacoma, Washington, and completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Washington. She went on to receive an MFA in poetry from the University of Alaska, Anchorage, where she lived for five years.
She is the author of Interpretive Work (Arktoi Books, 2008), which won the Audre Lorde Award and was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award, and Approaching Ice (Persea Books, 2010), a book of poems about Arctic and Antarctic exploration that was a finalist for the James Laughlin Award. Her third collection, Once Removed, is forthcoming in September 2015 from Persea Books.
Bradfield has received fellowships and scholarships from Stanford University's Wallace Stegner Fellowship program, the Bread Loaf Writer's Conference, and the Vermont Studio Center. In 2005, she founded Broadsided Press, which publishes monthly collaborations by writers and artists on its website as letter-sized PDFs that anyone can download, print, and post. She is also a contributing editor to Alaska Quarterly Review.
A resident of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Bradfield works as a naturalist locally and on expedition ships around the world. She is the Jacob Ziskind Visiting Poet-in-Residence at Brandeis University and teaches in the low-residency MFA program at the University of Alaska, Anchorage.
Once Removed (Persea Books, 2015)
Interpretive Work (Arktoi Books, 2008)
Approaching Ice (Persea Books, 2010)