Dan Vera

Washington, DC

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

Speaking Wiri Wiri
(Red Hen Press, 2013)
, The Space Between Our Danger and Delight
(Beothuk Books, 2008)
D.C. Poets Against The War
(Argonne House Press, 2004)
, Divining Divas
(Lethe Press, 2012)
, Dog Blessings
(New World Library, 2008)
, Full Moon on K Street: Poems About Washington, DC
(Plan B Press, 2010)
, Gratitude Prayers
(Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2013)
, Queer South
(Sibling Rivalry Press, 2016)
Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts, Delaware Poetry Review, Konch, Little Patuxent Review, Naugatuck River Review, Notre Dame Review, Raspa Magazine, Red Wheelbarrow, White Crane Journal
Prizes Won: 
Oscar Wilde Award (2017)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

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Cuban American, G/L/B/T, Latino/Latina, Mixed Race, Other
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Adults, At Risk Youth, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender, Naturalists/Environmentalists, Seniors, Teachers, Teenagers
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Last updated: Jul 17, 2017