Tad Bartlett is a poet, essayist, and fiction writer. He was born in Ankara, Turkey; raised in Selma, Alabama; and married into New Orleans, Louisiana. Tad received his undergraduate degrees in theater and creative writing from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama; and a law degree from Tulane University. He is currently a student in the MFA program in fiction at the Creative Writing Workshop at the University of New Orleans, where he is a reader for Bayou literary magazine.
Tad’s essays and photography have appeared on the Oxford American website. Tad’s story, “Hung Over,” is in Issue 1.2 of The Rappahannock Review;and his poem, “new century/old century, three acts,” appears in the 2013 Double Dealer. His short story, “Through the Valley of the Shadow of Home,” is in the October 2014 issue of Bird’s Thumb. Previously, Tad’s writing and photography have appeared in the Mobile Press-Register and the Selma Times-Journal.
Tad’s story, “Superpowerless,” received an Honorable Mention designation in the November 2013 Glimmer Train Short Story Award for New Writers; and his story, “Riding in Cars at Night,” was an Honorable Mention in the February 2013 edition of that competition. “Superpowerless” also was selected by judge Lori Ostlund as winner of the 2014 Ernest and Shelley Svenson Prize for Fiction (UNO Creative Writing Workshop). Tad was a finalist in the short story category of the 2012, 2013, and 2014 William Faulkner-William Wisdom writing competitions, with his stories “Addressing You,” “Riding in Cars at Night,” and “Flock Apart”; a finalist in the novel category of that competition in 2014 with his novel manuscript, The Truth Project, collaboratively written with fellow Peauxdunquian J.Ed. Marston; a finalist in the poetry category in 2011 with “new century/old century, three acts”; and a finalist in the essay category in 2010 with his essay, “Mythmakers.”
From 2010 through 2013, Tad has served on the faculty of the Words and Music Conference, selected to present short fiction and poetry on the conference theme each year. In 2013, he performed readings in the UNO Gold Room Reading Series and the MelaNated-Peauxdunque Sunday Shorts Reading Series. In 2011, Tad was selected to attend the inaugural Oxford American Summit for Ambitious Writers. He also attended the 2013 Yokshop Writers’ Conference in Oxford, Mississippi.