Oliver Baez Bendorf (b. 1987 Iowa) is a poet born and raised in the Midwest. He was recently awarded the 2017-2018 Halls Emerging Artist Fellowship at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing.
His first book, The Spectral Wilderness (Kent State U., 2015), was selected by Mark Doty for the Stan & Tom Wick Poetry Prize. He has received poetry fellowships from the Lambda Literary Foundation, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Vermont Studio Center, and has taught workshops for all ages at colleges, libraries, and community centers. His work has been published in Alaska Quarterly Review, Blackbird, diode, Indiana Review, jubilat, Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics, and elsewhere.
Baez Bendorf is also a cartoonist, librarian, teaching artist, and activist. His teaching work with marginalized communities has been supported with funding from Poets & Writers, and his activist work on #PulseOrlandoSyllabus and Orlando Flyers was covered by news outlets such as Chronicle of Higher Ed, Ploughshares, Slate, and WLRN Miami. He holds a BA from the University of Iowa, and an MFA in Poetry and an MA in Library and Information Studies from University of Wisconsin-Madison.