Bradley J. Fest, Assistant Professor of English

Clark Hall

Areas of expertise:
Creative writing; poetry; twentieth- and twenty-first-century United States literature and culture; history of literary criticism and theory; ecological humanities; digital studies
M.F.A., University of Pittsburgh - Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

Recent courses taught:

  • Introduction to Creative Writing
  • Reading Modern Poetry
  • Creative Writing: Poetry

Distinctions (awards, fellowships, grants):

  • Schachterle Prize, Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts, 2013
  • English Department Distinguished Teaching Award, University of Pittsburgh, 2011
  • Student Paper Award, Science Fiction Research Association, 2011
  • Phi Beta Kappa

Selected Publications:


  • The Shape of Things (Norwich, UK: Salò, 2017).
  • The Rocking Chair (Pittsburgh, PA: Blue Sketch, 2015).
  • Poems published in The After Happy Hour Review, BathHouse, Empty Mirror, Flywheel, Grain, Masque & Spectacle, PELT, PLINTH, The Offbeat, Open Thread, Small Po[r]tions, Spork, The 2River View, TXTOBJX, Verse, and elsewhere.

Criticism and Scholarship:

  • “Toward a Theory of the Megatext: Speculative Criticism and Richard Grossman’s ‘Breeze Avenue Working Paper,’” in Scale in Literature and Culture, ed. Michael Tavel Clarke and David Wittenberg (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming 2017).
  • “Metaproceduralism: The Stanley Parable and the Legacies of Postmodern Metafiction,” in “Videogame Adaptation,” ed. Kevin M. Flanagan, special issue, Wide Screen 6, no. 1 (2016): 1–23,
  • “Geologies of Finitude: The Deep Time of Twenty-First-Century Catastrophe in Don DeLillo’s Point Omega and Reza Negarestani’s Cyclonopedia,” Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction 57, no. 5 (2016): 565–78.
  • “‘Then Out of the Rubble’: David Foster Wallace’s Early Fiction,” in David Foster Wallace and “The Long Thing”: New Essays on the Novels, ed. Marshall Boswell (New York: Bloomsbury, 2014), 85–105.
  • “Apocalypse Networks: Representing the Nuclear Archive,” in The Silence of Fallout: Nuclear Criticism in a Post-Cold War World, ed. Michael J. Blouin, Morgan Shipley, and Jack Taylor (Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars, 2013), 81–103.
  • “The Inverted Nuke in the Garden: Archival Emergence and Anti-Eschatology in David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest,” boundary 2 39, no. 3 (Fall 2012): 125–49.
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