Bill Lavender


New Orleans, LA
Louisiana US

Author's Bio

Bill Lavender is a poet, editor, and publisher living in New Orleans. He is the author of 14 books, including the innovative verse memoir, Memory Wing (Black Widow, 2011), surrealism (and bi-lingual Spanish edition, surrealismo), and, in 2019, My ID, from BlazeVOX. Three Novellas: Q, Little A, The Private I was released by Spuyten Duyvil in early 2020. Poems and essays have appeared recently in Southern Review, Xavier Review, Hurricane Review. Scholarly theoretical writings have been published in Contemporary Literature and Poetics Today, among others. He is the publisher at Lavender Ink / Diálogos Books ( and the co-founder, with Megan Burns, of the New Orleans Poetry Festival (

Publications & Prizes

My ID (BlazeVOX books, 2019)
surrealism (Lavender Ink, 2015)
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A Field Guide to Trees (Foothills Publishing, 2011)
Memory Wing (Commonwealth Books/Black Widow Press, 2011)
Transfixion (Trembling Pillow Press, 2010)
Another South: Experimental Writing in the South (University of Alabama Press, 2009)
I of the Storm (Trembling Pillow Press, 2006)
While Sleeping (Chax Press, 2004)
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Xavier Review

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Fayetteville, AR
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New Orleans, LA
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Last update: May 04, 2024