September 10, 2019
Cleveland State University Poetry Center


having pushed the world away, we call it back through language



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.

CV available upon request.

Author Photo by Cate Barry