About Oliver

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Oliver Baez Bendorf is the author of Advantages of Being Evergreen (forthcoming Fall 2019), winner of Cleveland State University Poetry Center’s Open Book Poetry Competition, and The Spectral Wilderness (Kent State U., 2015), finalist for the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry. His work has been featured widely and can be found in recent and forthcoming issues of American Poetry Review, BOMB, Buzzfeed, The Feminist Wire, Poem-a-Day, Poetry, Poetry Northwest, The Rumpus, and Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics, and has been translated into Russian. He has received fellowships from CantoMundo, Lambda Literary, Vermont Studio Center, and University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Institute for Creative Writing. In 2016 he read his poems at The White House for the Trans Community Briefing. In 2017, he drove across the country 1.5 times in a small aluminum camper. His activist work as a founding editor of #PulseOrlandoSyllabus has been featured in outlets such as Chronicle of Higher Ed, Slate, and WLRN Miami. Born and raised in Iowa, he is an assistant professor of creative writing at Kalamazoo College in Michigan.