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Dan Vera

Author's Bio

Dan Vera's a writer, editor and author of Speaking Wiri Wiri (Red Hen Press), inaugural winner of the Letras Latinas/Red Hen Poetry Prize and The Space Between Our Danger and Delight (Beothuk Books ). His poetry has appeared in various journals and anthologies. He's the co-creator of the literary history site, DC Writers' Homes and on the board of Split This Rock Poetry. --- “The poetry of Dan Vera is clear, strong, honest and funny. He’s the sharp-eyed observer in the corner who doesn’t say much, but makes every word count.” Martín Espada --- “To read Dan Vera is to believe the world is actually a good place after all – a place where the reputation of poetry is redeemed with humor and kindness. In the deepest part of the heart where we truly reside, there is always a wish that poetry will rinse off artifice. This is it.” Grace Cavalieri

Publications and Prizes

Books:
Speaking Wiri Wiri (Red Hen Press, 2013), The Space Between Our Danger and Delight (Beothuk Books, 2008)
Anthologies:
Queer South (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2016), Gratitude Prayers (Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2013), Divining Divas (Lethe Press, 2012), Full Moon on K Street: Poems About Washington, DC (Plan B Press, 2010), Dog Blessings (New World Library, 2008), D.C. Poets Against The War (Argonne House Press, 2004)
Journals:
Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts, Delaware Poetry Review, Konch, Little Patuxent Review ISSN: 1941-2053, Naugatuck River Review, Notre Dame Review, Raspa Magazine, Red Wheelbarrow, White Crane Journal
Prizes:
Letras Latinas/Red Hen Poetry Prize (2012)

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
Tropicalia by Emma Trelles, Capturing the Dead by Daniel Nathan Terry, Prodigal Variations by Ed Madden, Animal Magnetism by Kim Roberts, Glow of Our Sweat by Francisco Aragón
Favorite Authors:
Pablo Neruda, Heberto Padilla, Jeff Mann, Audre Lorde, Tom Disch, José Martí, Mark Doty, Naomi Shihab Nye, Howard Nemerov, Essex Hemphill, Harold Norse, and many others.

Please note: All information in the Directory is provided by the listed writers or their representatives.
Listing last updated: September 23, 2014

More Information

Listed as:
Poet
Gives readings?
Yes
Travels for readings?
Yes
Identifies as:
Cuban American, G/L/B/T, Latino/Latina, Mixed Race, Other
Prefers to work with:
Adults, At Risk Youth, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender, Naturalists/Environmentalists, Seniors, Teachers, Teenagers
Fluent in:
Spanish

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