Oliver Baez Bendorf works with language to imagine new possibilities for gender and nature. 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. He’s received fellowships from the NEA, Vermont Studio Center, CantoMundo, and the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, and the Betty Berzon Award from The Publishing Triangle. His writing has appeared in American Poetry Review, BOMB, The Nation, New England Review, Orion, Poetry, 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 Olympia, Washington.