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Photo by Faylita Hicks

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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 CSU Poetry Center’s Open Book Poetry Competition and will be published September 10, 2019. He won the Rane Arroyo Chapbook Prize for The Gospel According to X which will be published in Summer 2019. 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 New Orleans Poetry Festival, 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.

CV available upon request.

New book: Advantages of Being Evergreen (CSU Poetry Center) - order here (pub date Sept. 10, 2019)

New poems: “Bone Dust” in Poetry (February 2019) and “Settler/Unsettled” in BOMB - Artists in Conversation (Spring 2019) and five poems in American Poetry Review
Poetry-comics: See some at Adirondack Review and more at Thrush
Prose: Buzzfeed, former columnist at Original Plumbing, reviews forthcoming in The Kenyon Review and Tarpaulin Sky

Interviews: Poets & Writers, Divedapper and WMUK “Art Beat”
Other Work: #PulseOrlandoSyllabus