Oliver Baez Bendorf is a Trans, queer, Latinx writer/educator from Iowa. He is the author of The Spectral Wilderness (Kent State U., 2015), a finalist for the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry.In 2016 he read his poems at The White House for the Trans Community Briefing. He is the recipient of fellowships from CantoMundo, Lambda Literary, Vermont Studio Center, and University of Wisconsin-Madison. His work has been featured widely including in Best New Poets, Buzzfeed, The Rumpus, and Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics, and translated into Russian, and can be found in recent and forthcoming issues of American Poetry Review, Black Warrior Review, Poem-a-Day, Poetry Northwest, Third Coast, West Branch, and elsewhere. Currently he’s the Halls Emerging Artist Fellow at University of Wisconsin-Madison. In Fall 2018 he will join the faculty at Kalamazoo College in Michigan, as Assistant Professor of Poetry.
He received his MFA in Poetry from University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he held the Martha Meier-Renk Distinguished Graduate Fellowship 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. His 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. His activist work as a founding editor of #PulseOrlandoSyllabus has been featured in outlets such as Chronicle of Higher Ed, Slate, and WLRN Miami.
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