About Oliver


Oliver Baez Bendorf is the author of two books of poetry, The Spectral Wilderness (Kent State U., 2015), selected by Mark Doty for the Stan & Tom Wick Poetry Prize and named a finalist for the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry, and the forthcoming Advantages of Being Evergreen (September 10, 2019), which won Cleveland State University Poetry Center’s Open Book Poetry Competition. He is also the recipient of fellowships from CantoMundo, Lambda Literary, Vermont Studio Center, and University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Institute for Creative Writing. His work has appeared in numerous publications including American Poetry Review, BOMB, The Feminist Wire, Poem-a-Day, Poetry Magazine, and Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics. Born and raised in Iowa, he is currently an Assistant Professor of Poetry at Kalamazoo College in Michigan.