Bradley J. Fest
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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

Bradley J. Fest

Associate Professor of English and Babcock Professor of English

Recent courses taught:

  • Introduction to Textual Analysis
  • Introduction to Creative Writing
  • Intermediate Poetry Workshop
  • Advanced Poetry Workshop
  • Reading Modern Poetry
  • Four Modern American Poets
  • Poetry and Technology
  • Nature Writing
  • John Ashbery in Context
  • Critical Game Studies

Distinctions (awards, fellowships, grants):

  • Faculty Research Grants, 2019–20, 2021–22, 2022–23, and 2023–24
  • Cora A. Babcock Chair in English, 2022–25
  • Nominated for a Pushcart Prize
  • Nominated for Best of the Net (twice)
  • Winifred D. Wandersee Scholar in Residence, 2019–20
  • 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:


Criticism and Scholarship:

College service and professional affiliations:

  • Chair, Library and Educational Technology Committee
  • Writing Underground Co-Faculty Advisor
  • Sigma Tau Delta Faculty Advisor
  • Hartwick College Honors Society
  • Member of the Women and Gender Studies Program
  • Faculty Development Committee
  • Organizer of the Faculty Lecture Series
  • Organizer of the Babcock Lecture
  • Senior Thesis Committee
  • Visiting Writers Series Committee
  • Anna Sonder Prize Committee
  • Member of the Modern Language Association and other professional organizations