Bill Bradd was born to farm people in Muskoka, Ontario, Canada. As a young man, he drifted, worked the oil fields in Alberta and bartended in New York City. In 1967 he arrived in California where he lived for a time in the Big Sur area, then migrated further north, became an active member of a thriving community of writers and artists in the North Coast area of Mendocino and has remained there ever since. He has published two books of poetry, one of which, The Kingdom of Old Men, was named one of the best books of the year by Poetry Flash; a book of essays/memoirs; and three spoken word CDs. He was a major contributor to an oral history project for the Mendocino County Historical Society, interviewing more than 100 people born before 1900 which provided a unique view into the history of the area. The project resulted in the book, Mendocino County Remembered. His work has appeared in ZYZZYVA, Beloit Poetry Journal, Ashanti, Winter, Arts Canada and other journals and magazines. One of his stories, The Whistle Stop, was included in an A.R.S. Brevis/ACT event in San Francisco where actors read selected short stories. He was an editor of The Mendocino Review and Ten Mile River Press, which was awarded a National Endowment grant for poetry publications. He also received a Canada Council Grant and taught for many years in the California Poets in the Schools Program. He is the Poet Laureate of Ten Mile River.