Education MFA Literary Arts, Brown University, 2014-16 BA English & Studio Art, Bates College, 2007-11
Awards, Fellowships, & Grants
B. Iden Payne Award for Outstanding Director of Orphans!: The Improvised Musical, Austin, TX
Austin Critics Award for Outstanding Improv Show, Austin, TX
Artist-in-residence at Surel’s Place, Boise, ID
Finalist in Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize, Finalist in FC2 Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Contest (both for Beasts of Revelation, a novella)
Finalist in Cosmonauts Avenue Fiction Competition, FC2 Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Contest, No Tokens fictional letter competition
Awards from the Dept. of Literary Arts at Brown University: Frances Mason Harris Book Prize, Beth Lisa Feldman Prize in Children's Literature, John Hawkes Prize in Fiction
Grants from Brown University: Creative Arts Council Student Initiative Grant
Finalist in Black Warrior Review fiction contest
Awards from the Dept. of Literary Arts at Brown University: John Hawkes Prize in Fiction, Feldman Prize in Fiction, Adele Kellenberg Seaver Fellowship in Creative Writing 2014-2015
Grants from Brown University: Joukowski Summer Research Grant, Graduate School International Grant
Performance & Visual Work
November 2018: Relic [solo show], Surel’s Place, Boise, ID.
July-August 2018: Big Gay Musical: The Improvised Musical [director & player], The Hideout Theatre, Austin, TX.
January-February 2018: Orphans!: The Improvised Musical [director & player], The Hideout Theatre, Austin, TX.
May-June 2016: Devotionals [solo show], The Granoff Center for the Arts, Providence, RI.
May 2016: Quaint!: An Illustrated Manuscript Fable [stop-motion animation], The Granoff Center for the Arts, Providence, RI.
2015-2016: The Empire Revue [ensemble script-writing, musical composition, and monthly performance], AS220, Providence, RI.
November 2014: Choose Your Own Buffy [neo-benshi performance], McCormack Family Theater, Providence, RI.
May 2011: Fables [group show], Olin Arts Center, Lewiston, ME.
[upcoming] April 2019: ‘More Naked Than Flesh:’ Writing the Erotic, Austin Bat Cave, Austin, TX
[upcoming] February 2019: Introduction to Poetry Comics (all ages), HIVE Collective, Austin, TX
Feast: Writing From the Body, HIVE Collective, Austin, TX
November 2018: I Am The Ghost: Writing Haunting Characters, Surel’s Place, Boise, ID
Introduction to Poetry Comics (all ages), Surel’s Place, Boise, ID
September 2018: Wild, Austin Bat Cave, Austin, TX
June 2017: Writing With Your Improv Brain, Wage House Theatre, Providence, RI
May 2017: Writing With Your Improv Brain, The Hideout Theatre, Austin, TX
April 2017: Creative Writing with Out Youth, Austin Bat Cave, Austin, TX
Introduction to Poetry Comics (Teens), Austin Bat Cave, Austin, TX
March 2017: Wild: Feminist Forms of Making in Contemporary Fiction, HIVE Women-Identified Arts Collective, Austin, TX
June 2016: Fiction Workshop (High School), Summer @ Brown, Brown University, Providence, RI
Fall 2015-Spring 2016: Brown University Course Instructor, Brown University, Providence, RI [Fall: LITR 110A "Fiction I." Spring: LITR 100A "Introduction to Fiction."]
2014: Building Connections Improv Youth Program, The Hideout Theatre, Austin, TX [classes for children who register on the Autism spectrum, as well as classes for homeless families staying in the Family Ward at the Salvation Army Shelter]
2013-2014: AmeriCorps Counseling Intern with Communities in Schools of Central Texas at JJ Pearce Middle School, Austin, TX [over 1,700 hours working directly with 20 underperforming adolescents on a weekly basis in tutoring, mentorship, and case management; also co-created and co-taught Art Club with 10 female students, who successfully designed and finished a school-wide mural project]
I focus my time on teaching in non-traditional spaces: with feminist collectives, femme and non-binary spaces, in homeless shelters, organic gardens, public schools, and others. Interdisciplinary and experimental voices which emerge from queered, in-between, irreverent, scrappy, chaotic spaces are of primary interest to me. My belief is that the life of language should not only be allowed to flourish within the academy, but in the everyday worlds in which we circulate. Prose and poetry belong as much to the community pool as they do to the elite classroom.
I seek a radical pedagogy. By studying the educational philosophies of folks like bell hooks, Rachel Cargle, and others, I work to ground my teaching in creating a community in which all members are free, safe, heard, and valued. When we move through texts in my classes, I don't just want them to be processed through expected templates of analysis, but rather digested slowly and lovingly, their language and content inflecting our entire daily experiences with their power. From Djuna Barnes's playful The Ladies Almanack, to Janelle Monae's album The Arch-Android, to Bhanu Kapil's performances from Ban En Banlieue, I compose my syllabi with the understanding that when I pull from a diverse set of works, my students are more likely to find kindred voices that will help them make the work they want to make. I assign sensual prompts, I take my students on wild field trips, I ask them to write love poems only using mathematical equations. Mine is a pedagogy not of creation in the capitalist sense, but of personhood and responsibility and survival. I hope that with the stranger questions we ask of our minds come more honest answers for the page/self.
“All her book recommendations and steady flow of instructions and choices for prompts were super interesting. Wonderful experience having her as a teacher. Loved the generosity toward our tender talents. She was also good at guiding when we got off track.”
“You provided the ability for all to open up!”
“Bridget brought all of herself to class and never left us looking for the kernel of honesty. it was always there, on the table, and up for discussion. I found her incredibly supportive, extremely intelligent, and a wonderful manager of class time/dynamics. she brought discussions of race/class/gender/etc into the workshop in a way that is SO NEEDED and was SO APPRECIATED. clearly loves this topic. totally lucky to have studied with her.”
“I feel like this class demanded more of me than ANYTHING else this semester, and I cannot express how happy I am to have taken it. It is now part of my life and I know that I am better for it.”
“One of the best teachers I’ve had at Brown.”
“I felt that every ounce of effort I put into this class was returned in full - yeah, it was hard. yeah, it was worth it. I left a more confident writer. and going forward in my life, it doesn’t matter what it is that I’m writing, this confidence will come with me. letters to loved ones. short stories. work emails. whatever. when I sit down and look at an empty word doc/email/sticky note, I hesitate less, write more, and feel better about it. so yeah - thank you for everything.”