Oliver Baez Bendorf’s debut full length collection, The Spectral Wilderness (Kent State U.) was selected by Mark Doty for the Stan & Tom Wick Poetry Prize. His second book, Advantages of Being Evergreen, won the Cleveland State University Poetry Center Open Book Poetry Competition and will be published September 10, 2019. A chapbook is forthcoming May 2019 from the Rane Arroyo Series with Seven Kitchens Press. His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Poetry, BOMB, Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day, Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics, and elsewhere. He has been a featured reader at The White House, Sarah Lawrence College, NYPL Bryant Park Reading Room, Smith College, Fall For The Book Festival, Indiana University, Woodland Pattern, and elsewhere. A recipient of honors and fellowships from CantoMundo, Lambda Literary, Vermont Studio Center, and University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Institute for Creative Writing, Oliver was born in Iowa and he currently teaches creative writing at Kalamazoo College in Michigan. He is also a faculty member at the 2019 Conference on Poetry at The Frost Place in Franconia, NH.
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