Andrea Brady


Andrea Brady is an American poet and co-editor of Barque Press. Born in Philadelphia, Brady moved to the UK where she currently resides and works, running the Centre for Poetry and the Archive of the Now ( She also works as a Professor of Poetry at Queen Mary University of London.

In an interview with Elena Juan Ruiz, Brady talks about where her art began. She states:

‘My first poem, according to family history, was a set of heroic couplets on the Lebanese hostage crisis (I was six). The political orientation has been inescapable. […] I wrote to escape the embittering limits of my social and material life, and to try to fix on paper the feeling of transcendence I could get by looking at a plane emerge from a roiling cloud, or a ballroom of ice dripping inside a box hedge, outside my squalid house.’

Contemporary Poets Living & Working in Britain,

I Don’t Call Myself a Poet


Andrea Brady’s poetry has been translated into many languages. As a Professor of literature and a mother the themes in Brady’s poetry vary from love and motherhood to politics and society. In an extract from her poetics piece included in Atlantic Drift, Brady writes:

‘Anyway, what can poetry, which was post-truth ab initio, teach us about killing fascists? Walking around the reservoir, plotting this little speech for you, I decided instead to say that I began writing primarily as a way of Getting Out. As a small girl in a web of violence, I consoled myself that if the people near me were unreliable, bad or stuck, at least I had poems, their better, immense and empowering unreliabilities; my poems were a sign that I could not be contained, and a method for escape.’


Atlantic Drift

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