Kaveh Akbar, DiveDapper

I had the privilege of taking a workshop with Oliver Bendorf in the summer of 2015, and I still think about it all the time. He helped us begin to defamiliarize our own bodies and minds to ourselves (no small feat!), to see and think about our humanness in totally wild and original ways. Through a series of (weird and fun) drawing and writing exercises, Oliver supplied me with a shiny new toolbox to bring into my writing—my old brain with its new set of rules, its freshly translated vernacular and idioms. With clarity and empathy and constant humor, Oliver supplied skills that I still use regularly in my writing practice, still speak about often with friends and students. I can’t recommend the experience enough for any writer or artist.