Brandel France de Bravo

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Poet and essayist, Brandel France de Bravo, was born and raised in Washington, D.C. She is the daughter of Ruth France (née Murray) and William Addison (“Bill”) Walker, founders of Coffee ‘n’ Confusion, the Capital’s most notorious beat jazz and poetry coffee house located at 945 K Street NW.

Ms. France de Bravo is the author of two books of poetry: Provenance, winner of the 2008 Washington Writers’ Publishing house prize, and Mother, Loose, which won the 2014 Accents Publishing prize. She has been the recipient of the Larry Neal Writers’ Award in poetry (2009) and two Artist Fellowship grants from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Her poems have been published in Alaska Quarterly Review, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Black Warrior Review, Cimarron Review, Gulf Coast, the Kenyon Review, Poet Lore, and other literary magazines. Her work has been included in anthologies such as Fathers, A Collection of Poems; Outsiders: Poems about Rebels, Exiles, and Renegades; and Hunger and Thirst. She is editor of Mexican Poetry Today: 20/20 Voices, a bilingual anthology of poetry (Shearsman), and co-author of Trees Make the Best Mobiles: Simple Ways to Raise your Child in a Complex World (St. Martin’s).

Ms. France de Bravo received her MFA from Warren Wilson College’s MFA Program for Writers.

Submitted by Brandel France de Bravo, July 2015. For more information, visit http://www.brandelfrancedebravo.com

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