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), which was selected by Mark Doty for the Stan & Tom Wick Poetry Prize and a 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, The Feminist Wire, Poem-a-Day, Poetry, Poetry Northwest, and Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics, and has been translated into Russian and Spanish. 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. His activist work including as a founding editor of #PulseOrlandoSyllabus has been featured in 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.