Karin Bradberry

From the poem, “When Nobody Wore Clothes”:

“…we tend a vegetable garden
erect a chicken coop
laze by a swimming pool
fending off lecherous looks
from aging Lotharios

thick adobe walls shielded
us from family storms
we grew strong as saplings
when nobody wore clothes…”


Karin Bradberry teaches Creative Writing, English and Spanish at Gilbert L. Sena Charter High. Before moving to Albuquerque in 2004, she spent 15 years teaching overseas. She is co-editor/publisher of a monthly poetry broadside, “the Rag.” Karin has won poetry prizes in Writer’s Digest, SouthwestWriters, Prescott Professional Writers, NM State Poetry Society, and National Federation of Poetry Society contests. She recently won 1st prize in Writer’s Digest 5th Annual Poetry Contest for her villanelle, “Javelina.” Her work has appeared in Central Avenue, the Rag, Harwood Anthology, Albuquerque Arts, and Southwest Sage. She performs regularly at Fixed and Free readings, and will be the featured poet on August 26, 2010. Her passion is creating art that embodies her poetry, which she calls “poetry shrines.” She has taught workshops on this process and frequently exhibited her work at OffCenter.

Photograph by Joe White.

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