Elizabeth Bradfield grew up in Tacoma, Washington, and completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Washington. She went on to receive an MFA in poetry from the University of Alaska, Anchorage, where she lived for five years.
Bradfield is the author of five poetry collections, most recently Toward Antarctica (Boreal Books, 2019) and Once Removed (Persea Books, 2015). For her first book, Interpretive Work (Arktoi Books, 2008), she received the Audre Lorde Prize in Poetry. She is the coeditor of the anthologies Cascadia Field Guide: Art, Ecology, Poetry (Mountaineers Books, 2023) and Broadsided Press: Fifteen Years of Poetic/Artistic Collaboration, 2005–2020 (Broadsided Press, 2022).
Bradfield has received fellowships and scholarships from Stanford University’s Wallace Stegner Fellowship program, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Vermont Studio Center.
In 2005, Bradfield founded Broadsided Press, which publishes monthly collaborations by writers and artists on its website as letter-sized PDFs that anyone can download, print, and post. She is also a contributing editor to Alaska Quarterly Review. A resident of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Bradfield works as a naturalist. She teaches creative writing at Brandeis University.