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
Speaking Wiri Wiri (Red Hen Press, 2013), The Space Between Our Danger and Delight (Beothuk Books, 2008)
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)
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
Letras Latinas/Red Hen Poetry Prize (2012)
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
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.
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Listing last updated: September 23, 2014
Travels for readings?
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