Brandel France de Bravo’s second collection of poems Mother, Loose won the Accents Publishing chapbook prize in 2014 and was published in 2015. Her first book, Provenance, won the Washington Writers’ Publishing House prize in 2008 and was a finalist for the ForeWord Book of the Year Awards that same year. Her poetry has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Black Warrior Review, the Cimarron Review, The Cincinnati Review, The Fairy Tale Review, Fugue, Gulf Coast, The Kenyon Review, and Poet Lore, as well as in various anthologies, including The Beacon Best of 1999, Creative Writing by Men and Women of All Colors. In 2009, the Washington, D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities awarded Brandel the Larry Neal Writers’ prize in poetry. She has also received an artist fellowship in poetry from the D.C. Commission on the Arts, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize three times. As a member of Washington Writers’ Publishing House, she has acted as senior poetry editor and organizer of the fundraising event, the Writers Ball. To read recently published poems, click here.
Nonfiction & Essays
Brandel is co-author of Trees Make the Best Mobiles: Simple Ways to Raise your Child in a Complex World (St. Martin’s Press) and has appeared on the Today Show and other radio and television programs to promote Trees, which was published in the United States, Mexico and Japan. While working at the National Center for Health Research, she also co-authored the Survival Guide for Working Moms (and Other Stressed-Out Adults) (Quill Inc.). Her Letters to the Editor on health issues have appeared in the Washington Post and the New York Times, and you can read a blog post she co-authored on campus rape here.
Brandel’s first foray into memoir—“I’ll Make Room”—appeared in the fall 2011 issue of Gargoyle Magazine. “I’ll Make Room” was selected as a Notable Essay in The Best American Essays 2012. Other essays have since appeared or are forthcoming in Green Mountains Review; Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction; The Chattahoochee Review; Better Magazine, the Seneca Review and The Bellingham Review. In 2012, she was awarded an artist fellowship grant from the DC Commission on the Arts to work on a collection of essays, and in 2014 her essay, “A Tale of Two Rivers,” won the Penelope Niven prize in creative nonfiction from the Salem College Center for Women Writers. Read what Judge Samuel Autman wrote about her essay here. “A Tale of Two Rivers” appeared in Copper Nickel in the fall of 2015.
Translation & Editing
As member of the Tramontane Poets, a writer’s cooperative in Mexico City, Brandel translated many of the poems published in a bilingual poetry anthology called Ruido de Sueños/Noise of Dreams. A Panorama of the New Poetry in Mexico: The 1940-1960 Generation (El Tucán de Virginia Press, Mexico City). Other Spanish-language translations of hers, including letters written by Sub-Commandante Marcos, leader of the Chiapas uprising in Mexico, have appeared in TriQuarterly. Most recently, Brandel edited and wrote the introduction to the anthology, Mexican Poetry Today: 20/20 Voices (Shearsman, 2010). In 2013, she led a “live” poetry translation workshop, together with Peruvian poet Roger Santiváñez, at Harvard University as part of the Transversal Translation Seminar.
Brandel France de Bravo was born in Washington, D.C. Her Bachelor of Arts is in Near Eastern studies and International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania, and her Masters degrees are in creative writing (Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers, North Carolina) and public health (Columbia University, New York). She is married, has one daughter, and has worked in 20 countries including the U.S. in HIV prevention, harm reduction for drug users, as a consumer health advocate (“Cigarette Makers Defend Menthol to U.S. Advisers“), and as a parent educator. While no longer a resident of Mexico, she recently served for three years on the Board of PEN Mexico.
Here is a downloadable PDF of Brandel France de Bravo’s 2017 Artist Bio