Born in Philadelphia, USA, 1974. Studied at Columbia University in New York and then at Cambridge University in the UK, where I wrote a PhD on seventeenth-century poetry. Now Professor of Poetry at Queen Mary, University of London.
I have given many public readings in the UK, Europe, the US and Canada, including at the Kootenay School of Writing in Vancouver; the Centre Internationale de Poésie Marseille; Poetry Hearings Berlin; the Foundation Louis Vuitton, Paris; and a reading tour of the rust belt USA in April 2007. The US tour was mounted in support of the recent special issue of Chicago Review (53.1) on New British Poetry, which focused on my work along with that of Chris Goode, Peter Manson, and Keston Sutherland. I have been invited to speak as an expert by the British Council, the BBC, the Arts Council, and the Poetry Society. My work has been translated into Finnish, French, German, Greek, Spanish, Slovene, and Slovak.
I was interviewed by Andrew Duncan for The Argotist website and by Sarah Howe at praccrit. With Keston Sutherland I run the small press Barque which specialises in contemporary English language poetry.
I am the Director of the "Archive of the Now." I discussed the Archive with Rosheen Brennan in an interview for How2.
- The Blue Split Compartments
- Drone Poetics
Reading from the long sequence 'The Blue Split Compartments' and talk on 'Drone Poetics' at Stillpoint, London, 15 April 2018.
- Reading at Hi Zero 28
Performance at the Hope, Brighton, on 14 October 2014, at a reading with Stuart Calton and Luke Roberts. Hi Zero is organised by Joe Luna.
- Book of the City of Ladies
The Book of the City of Ladies was performed at POLYply 30 on 5 June 2014. The sequence of readers was as follows: Andrea Brady, Kristen Kreider, Prue Chamberlain, Nisha Ramayya, Francesca Lisette, Andrea Brady. Thanks to Jeff Hilson for making the recording.
- Reading at Kootenay School of Writing
This performance took place in Vancouver on 17 September 2005.
- Reading for National Poetry Day on 'World Update', BBC World Service, 6 Oct. 2005
Cambridge Women's Experimental Poetry Festival 2006
The following recording was made at the Cambridge Women's Experimental Poetry festival, held 6-8 October 2006 in Cambridge, UK and organised by Emily Critchley and Catherine Brown.
Crossing the Line
Most of this recording was made at Crossing the Line, the Plough, Museum Street, London, on 7 October 2005.
- 'A Quick Half in the Skinners Arms'
- 'Ammonia Crisps the Air'
- 'How Much to Have a Go'
- 'Hymn on the Nativity'
- 'Saw Fit'
- 'Swing State'
- 'Building Site'
- 'To Be Continued'
- Petrarch, RichMix Cultural Centre, London 28 June 2014
- The Exponential Horn, Science Museum
- Reading at the Other Room, Manchester, February 2012
Miami University of Ohio
- Dompteuse (Bookthug, 2014)
- Cut from the Rushes (Reality Street, 2013)
- Mutability: scripts for infancy (Seagull, 2012)
- Embrace (Glasgow: Object Permanence, 2005, 57pp)
- Cold Calling (Barque Press, 2004)
- Vacation of a Lifetime (Cambridge: Salt, 2001, 130 pp).
- Liberties (New York: Potes & Poets and Cambridge: Barque, 1999)
- Cranked Foil (Cambridge: Poetical Histories, 1997)
Anthologies and translations
- The Dark Would: anthology of language art, ed. Philip Davenport (Apple Pie Editions, 2013).
- 'End of Days' in The Wolf Anthology (2012).
- Poems with French translations published in cipM 147 (Marseille, May 2006).
- Interviewed by Sarah Howe on ‘Song for Florida 2’, praccrit 1 (July 2014)
- Interviewed by Andrew Duncan, The Argotist
- Interviewed by Rosheen Brennan, How2
- Interviewed by Rob McLennan
In the clearing smoke scours
the photographs, hiding the animal
labour which moves insects and their
information all over the face of the earth.
I arrive in kind by light rail
transport rough and undependable, rocking
sideways with a peg of metal to make
it ring eratogenically like spraypaint in a cylinder.
And get my tag up on the boundary stone.
Apprentice to the art of uniforms.
Off the peg on the make, ashamed to be
at ease among gillyflowers where I toss
suffering to be carried back by animals,
the cabbage moth, the ordinary bee.
Chances start out anthological, and are re-
distributed by rationing, for loss looks better
and is altogether better an ethic. I am
who ties together the navigation menu
all the compassed interests of Variety
all three corners of the fading earth.
Watch all day the screen in ratio, facing
its light and movement with more affect
and concentration than the branching
face of a lover, as these spaces slip into degrees.
Two move abreast the loan of specificity
keeping an eye on the melancholic
hourglass, poised beside the leftward arrow,
of the machine asking us to wait some more.
We share one hope, and it infuses even
the green-lipped mussel we eat sickly, and the curl
of green-fringing kale. It bolts up the sky
and our assertion that there will be a future
clearing the smoke swings from its rootless peg.
That the blood will root, and take turns
through all the living work done on the earth
to divide and return to us intact. Ours is
the most abstract, and furthest from the truth.
- Sophie Read, ‘Awake for Ever: An Essay’, prac crit 1 (July 2014)
- Ashleigh Lambert, Review of Mutability, The Rumpus (8 January 2014)
- Andrew Spragg, Review of Cut from the Rushes, HixEros (January 2014)
- Vicky Sparrow, Review of Mutability, The Literateur (6 December 2013)
- Alex Latter, ‘Extraordinary Renditions: Voicing Opposition to War,’ Alluvium, 1.6 (1 November 2012)
- 'Some Short Foule Field Notes: John DeWitt, Lisa Jeschke, Andrea Brady, 14th Cambridge, January 2012
- Mandy Bloomfield, ‘Revolution in Spatial Poetics’, at Poetry and Revolution (Birkbeck 2012)
- Review of Wildfire by Ange Mlinko, Chicago Review 56.4 (Winter 2012): 122-124.
- Review of Wildfire by Catherine Wagner, Poetry Project Newsletter (April-May 2011): 17-18
- Thom Donovan, Introduction for Andrea Brady, Segue Reading Series, New York
- Jon Clay, Sensation, Contemporary Poetry and Deleuze: Transformative Intensities (Continuum, 2010).
- Sophie Mayer, Review of Andrea Brady's Wildfire and Simon Perrill's Nitrate, Hand+Star
- Richard Owens, 'Working Notes: Andrea Brady's Wildfire,' Damn the Caesars
- 'Behind the Veil', review of Embrace, by Marianne Morris, Jacket 29 (April 2006)
- Stuart Kelly, 'All lines are busy', review of Cold Calling, Poetry Review 94.2 (Summer 2004): 95-7
- Podcast for Chris Goode & Company
- Reading at Hi Zero 28