Jared Randall received his BA from Western Michigan University in 2006 and his MFA from the University of Notre Dame in 2009 after spending a decade working in warehouses. While at Notre Dame, he enjoyed working on the staff of various journals, including the Notre Dame Review and The Bend 2008/2009, and gained valuable experience as a reader of slush piles, copy editor, editorial assistant, and finally as co-editor of The Bend. He now continues his editorial work as a freelancer for print and online journals. His poetry was nominated to represent Notre Dame in the 2009 AWP Intro Journals Award Contest and the 2009 Best New Poets Anthology, and he has twice been a finalist in New Millennium Writings’ semi-annual literary contest.
Randall’s first book of poetry, Apocryphal Road Code, saw print from Salt Publishing in December 2010, and his work can also be read in Controlled Burn, Crucible, and online journals such as Bull: Men’s Fiction, Subtle Tea, and The Offending Adam. He has a few perhaps infamous reviews up on sites such as Gently Read Literature and the Sabotage blog and writes the occasional blog post at Montevidayo.com.
Randall resides in Michigan where urban sprawl cramps old farmhouses. When not writing about tourist attractions, roadside diners, aging factories, the future, the past, and the folk who might frequent them, he makes his living as an adjunct instructor and freelancer. He hopes you’ll keep a wandering eye open for new roads and that you’ll always lend a ride and a hand to fellow travelers.