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Amanda J. Bradley, PhD

Associate Professor of Communication and and Director of the Honors Program

Communication, Art, and Humanities   |   Turock School of Arts and Sciences

Sickler Hall 207

“Keystone is a dynamic place because of the commitment to the community of the people who make it up. From students to faculty to staff to administration, everyone’s working together to make Keystone the best family it can be.” 



My specialization is in English and American twentieth-century poetry, and I am a poet, essayist, and fiction writer. I wrote my dissertation on poet and visual artist Mina Loy, and most of my academic work focuses on writing by women such as Sylvia Plath and Edna St. Vincent Millay.

Education – Degrees & Certifications

  • Ph.D. in English and American Literature – Washington University in Saint Louis (2008)
  • M.F.A. in Poetry Writing – The New School (2011)
  • B.A. in English and Poetry Writing – Northwestern University (1994)


Honors Program Coordinator

Dr. Amanda Bradley pictured with 2016 Honors Scholar and Outstanding Graduate, Bryan McIntyre.

  • College Writing I
  • College Writing II
  • Introduction to Poetry
  • Introduction to the Novel
  • Introduction to Creative Writing
  • Poetry Writing
  • Fiction Writing
  • American Literature II
  • Great Themes in Literature: Nature and the Environment
  • Great Themes in Literature: Horror Literature
  • Advanced Literary Study: Edgar Allan Poe
Publications Poetry Books:

  • Queen Kong, NYQ Books, 2017
  • Down the Dog Hole: 11 Poets on Northeast Pennsylvania, Nightshade Press, 2016
  • Oz at Night, NYQ Books, 2011
  • Hints & Allegations, NYQ Books, 2009

Published Essays:

  • Best American Poetry Blog: William Carlos Williams’ The Young Housewife, Respect for Nature; Respect for Us, Relativism in Reading, No Martyrs, Design?
  • Kin Poetry Journal: “Millay and Loy: Two Iconic Feminist Poets”
  • The Nervous Breakdown: “Bringing Back Mina Loy”
  • Xchanges: “A Vicious American Memory: Sylvia Plath’s Criticism of Wars, Wars, Wars”
  • Quiet Mountain Essays: “Politics Are in the Details”

Poetry Publications in Journals:

  • Skidrow Penthouse: Rite of Rebellion, Mean
  • Broad!: Changing Hands
  • Paterson Literary Review: I Read People by What They Read
  • The The Poetry Blog: Swallowed Whole
  • Ragazine: Escapist; Why Do English Majors Have to Analyze Everything to Death? Plants on the Moon
  • Gargoyle Magazine: The Nicene Creed Meets the Jabberwocky
  • The Nervous Breakdown: My Red-Brown Hair
  • Paddlefish: Commodity Trading, Stolen Identity, and Oz at Night
  • Rattle: To Thomas Pynchon Regarding  The Crying of Lot 49
  • Lips: The Death of Stir Fry
  • The Night Fred Lost It
  • Playground Literary Journal: A Description of Kant’s Categorical Imperative in a Women’s Clothing Catalogue, In the Days
  • Best American Poetry Blog: Upon Reading Berryman Sonnets
  • New York Quarterly: Revisiting El Dorado, Arkansas
  • Pirene’s Fountain: Cups
  • Toronto Quarterly: Seed
  • decomP magazinE: Insomnia
  • Barefoot Muse: Unscathed
  • New York Quarterly: Prostration
  • New York Quarterly: The Desert
  • New York Quarterly: Listen
  • Mad Poets Review: Fantasy
  • Soul Fountain: Listen
  • Dufus: The Desert
  • Pennine Ink: A Gift
  • Gentle Reader: A Gift
Prick of the Spindle Online Interview, Fall 2014:

Huffington Post, Online Interview with Anis Shivani, April 29, 2013:

Great Minds Literary Community Online Interview with Kitty Bullard, April 20, 2012:

The Nervous Breakdown Online Self-Interview, December 17, 2011: