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Oliver Baez Bendorf

Oliver Baez Bendorf collaborates with language to imagine new possibilities for gender and nature. He’s received fellowships from the NEA, Vermont Studio Center, CantoMundo, and the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, and The Publishing Triangle’s Betty Berzon Award. His first book of poetry, The Spectral Wilderness, was selected by Mark Doty for the Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize and published by Kent State University Press. His second book, Advantages of Being Evergreen, won the Open Book Prize from Cleveland State University Poetry Center. His writing has appeared in, or is forthcoming from, Best American Poetry 2022, American Poetry Review, Denver Quarterly, The Nation, New England Review, Orion, POETRY Magazine, Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics, and elsewhere. Previously he’s taught in the undergraduate creative writing programs at University of Wisconsin-Madison and Kalamazoo College. He lives with his partner and rabbit in the Pacific Northwest.