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Oliver Baez Bendorf is the author of two books of poetry, The Spectral Wilderness (Kent State University Press, 2015) and the forthcoming Advantages of Being Evergreen (Cleveland State University Poetry Center), which won that press’ Open Book Poetry Competition in 2018. He is also the recipient of fellowships from CantoMundo, Vermont Studio Center, and University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Institute of Creative Writing. His work has appeared in numerous publications including American Poetry Review, BOMB, The Feminist Wire, Poetry Magazine, and Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics, among others. In 2016 he read his poems at The White House for the Trans Community Briefing. He is an Assistant Professor of Poetry at Kalamazoo College.
Advantages of Being Evergreen, Cleveland State University Poetry Center, forthcoming September 10, 2019
The Spectral Wilderness, Kent State University Press, 2015
Selected by Mark Doty for the Stan & Tom Wick Poetry Prize
A Best Book of 2014 by Entropy Magazine
Finalist for the Thom Gunn Gay Poetry Award from Publishing Triangle
The Gospel According to X, Rane Arroyo Chapbook Series, Seven Kitchens Press forthcoming June 2019
Sarah Lawrence College (2018), Kalamazoo Book Arts Center (2018), NYPL Bryant Park Reading Room Poetry Series (2017), The White House (2016), Smith College (2016), Fall For The Book Festival (2016), Indiana University (2015), Woodland Pattern (2015), Live from Prairie Lights (2014)
“What gorgeous and ravenous rackets Oliver Bendorf’s poems are made of; what a yearning and beautiful heart. ‘Lift a geode from the ground and crack me open,’ he writes, which is more or less what these poems do for me: break me open to what might sparkle and blaze, what might glisten and burn inside. The Spectral Wilderness is a wonderful book.” —Ross Gay
“Bendorf’s poems give us all we have ever wanted, to wake up and feel that the body we are in is ours, that the hands on the ends of our wrists―our body’s gates of tenderness―are large enough to hold in them all the things we have desired… In poem after poem he builds and rebuilds a body, a story, a desire that are at once familiar and strange, capable of brightness like any headlight but also capable of losing that light in their brokenness which makes us love them even more.”―Natalie Diaz
Oliver is available for poetry readings, writing workshops, anthology requests, talks, and other events. Please fill out this brief form with as much information as possible. Oliver has experience working with youth, LGBTQ+, Latinx, adult, student, and librarian groups, and has read and taught nationally. His book Advantages of Being Evergreen will be published September 2019 from Cleveland State University Poetry Center and he is available to travel nationally and internationally for events.