Oliver Baez Bendorf was raised in Iowa. His poetry has been recognized with fellowships and prizes from Lambda Literary Foundation, Vermont Studio Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Poetry Society of America. In 2016, he read his poems at The White House as an invited reader for the Trans Community Briefing. He received his MFA in Poetry from University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was the Martha Meier-Renk Distinguished Graduate Fellow in Poetry, and his BA in English Literature from the University of Iowa, where he was a Matthew Shepard Scholar. He also holds an MA in Library and Information Studies from University of Wisconsin-Madison.
He is the author of The Spectral Wilderness, winner of the Stan & Tom Wick Poetry Prize, selected by Mark Doty, and a finalist for the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry, as well as named to New American Poets by Natalie Diaz. Individual poems have appeared widely, including in Blackbird, The Feminist Wire, Indiana Review, Ninth Letter, Southern Indiana Review, Third Coast, and elsewhere, and have been anthologized in Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics, and translated into Russian. His mixed media poetry comics have been featured by the Adirondack Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Hobart, The Rumpus, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Thrush Poetry Journal.
Bendorf’s interests include poetry-comics, archives, ‘zines, and vintage campers. He has taught at a selection of institutions, including University of Wisconsin-Madison, Mount Holyoke College, and 826DC. He was recently awarded the 2017-2018 Halls Emerging Artist Fellowship in Poetry at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing.