Bridget Bradshaw

Review: The Not Wives by Carley Moore

by Bridget Bradshaw August 16, 2019

The Not Wives by Carley Moore is a personal look into the lives of three women living in New York City during the time of Occupy Wall Street. Told through three alternating points of view, the story mainly follows Stevie, a soon-to-be divorced professor, as she navigates dating, protesting, and being a mother.  We enter […]

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In Defense of YA Lit

by Bridget Bradshaw July 27, 2019

I am of the (perhaps unpopular) opinion that not all books have to be great. Sure, I want it to be readable, but just how every movie will not be Oscar worthy, neither will every book be the next Great American Novel. And that’s ok. What I want out of most of the books I […]

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Review: Fly Already by Etgar Keret

by Bridget Bradshaw July 22, 2019

“Fly Already” by Etgar Keret is a book full of contradictions. Composed of twenty-two short stories, Keret explores topics ranging from mundane to unsettling, no two stories exactly alike. Some deal with topics that could loosely be put under the umbrella of science fiction, others are just about interpersonal relationships and how they can sometimes […]

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Interview with Leah Beckhoff

by Bridget Bradshaw July 14, 2019

Leah Beckhoff currently resides in the mountains of Vermont but is originally from Northeast Philadelphia. Every morning she digs a notebook out from under her pillow and records her dreams. “Abandoned Art,” in the Spring 2019 issue of Contrary, is her first publication. Bridget Bradshaw: First, congratulations on your first publication! How does that feel? […]

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The Magic of Libraries

by Bridget Bradshaw July 10, 2019

Libraries have a history going back thousands of years. One of the most famous libraries, the Library of Alexandria, is believed to have been founded in 295 B.C.E. and was supposed to have held the greatest collection of ancient literature ever gathered. Thinking more modernly, the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. is the largest library […]

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Summer 2019 Announcement and Call for Submissions!

by Bridget Bradshaw July 6, 2019

Contrary Summer 2019 issue is here! And it is headed by “And the Wounded Disappear” by Douglas Cole, a mysterious story about brotherhood and memory. See how our contrarians write about pain, loss, and redemption in the new poems by Emma Depanise, Laura Lee Washburn, Sally Zakariya, and Nicholas Alti, and new stories by Jim Gash, […]

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Interview with Best of the Net Winner, Carolee Bennett

by Bridget Bradshaw July 2, 2019

Carolee Bennett lives in Upstate New York, where –after a local, annual poetry competition –she has fun saying she was the “almost” poet laureate of Smitty’s Tavern. She has an MFA in poetry and works full-time as a writer in social media marketing.    Bridget Bradshaw: Did you write these three poems specifically to submit […]

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Review: Gravity is the Thing by Jaclyn Moriarty

by Bridget Bradshaw June 22, 2019

Gravity is the Thing is a novel by Jaclyn Moriarty that follows Abi Sorenson, a woman whose life changes drastically on the days preceding her sixteenth birthday for two reasons. The first is that her brother and closest confidant, Robert, disappears. The second is that she receives the first of many chapters from The Guidebook, […]

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Interview with Best of the Net 2018 Winner, Abby Minor

by Bridget Bradshaw June 20, 2019

Abby Minor lives in the ridges and valleys of central Pennsylvania where she works on poems, essays, paintings, quilts, and projects for reproductive justice. The recipient of fellowships, residencies, and awards from Bitch Media, Split this Rock, The Rensing Center, The Penland School of Crafts, and the Ora Lerman Charitable Trust, Abby is an advisory […]

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Art of the Letter

by Bridget Bradshaw June 13, 2019

It seems the more technology that gets invented, the less hard-copy communication we have. Mailboxes are now full of advertisements and bills, and sometimes not even that; everything is moving online. I am not saying this is a bad thing, not at all. The convenience that comes with the internet is unparalleled. I could never […]

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Review: The Girl in Red by Christina Henry

by Bridget Bradshaw June 8, 2019

Christina Henry’s The Girl in Red takes the well-tread story of Little Red Riding Hood and combines it with today’s fascination with dystopian apocalypse scenarios. It’s not necessarily new to put a dark and gritty spin on old fairy tales, but it doesn’t always stick the landing. In this case, I think it does. Instead […]

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Modern Adaptations – To Make the Old New Again

by Bridget Bradshaw June 6, 2019

What is it about some stories that we want to hear them again and again? When looking at the realm of modern storytelling, a good amount of content, whether written, filmed, or otherwise, has been adapted from somewhere else. Book to movie adaptations have become more and more popular lately, but that is a conversation […]

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