George Bradley

George Bradley was born in Roslyn, New York, in 1953 and was educated at Yale University and the University of Virginia. Among the awards his work has received are the Witter Bynner Prize from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Yale Younger Poets Prize (1985, judge James Merrill). He is the author of four previous collections of verse – Terms to Be Met (1986), Of the Knowledge of Good and Evil (1991), The Fire Fetched Down (1996), and Some Assembly Required (2001) – and was editor of The Yale Younger Poets Anthology (1998). Besides writing books, Bradley has been occupied in many ways – as a construction worker (installing foam insulation), as a copy-writer (on staff at several small advertising companies in New York City), as a sommelier (at The American Hotel in Sag Harbor, Long Island, a restaurant with 650 wines on the list, 15,000 bottles in the cellar, and vintages going back to the 1800s), and as an editor (cleaning up translations from the Japanese for the Jack Tilton art gallery). Like most poets, he has also taught creative writing on occasion. Currently he imports and distributes La Bontà di Fiesole, a brand of olive oil made from the seven hundred trees on a family farm outside Florence and described by him as “the elixir of life.” When not on the farm, Bradley lives in Chester, Connecticut.