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 & Prizes

Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology (The University of Georgia Press, 2018)
Imaniman: Poets Writing in the Anzaldúan Borderlands (Aunt Lute Books, 2016)
The Traveler's Vade Mecum (Red Hen Press, 2016)
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)
Speaking Wiri Wiri (Red Hen Press, 2013)
The Space Between Our Danger and Delight (Beothuk Books, 2008)
Journals: , ,
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Notre Dame Review
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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

More Information

Gives readings: 
Travels for readings: 
Identifies as: 
Cuban American, Latino/Latina/Latinx, LGBTQ, Mixed-Race
Prefers to work with: 
Adults, At Risk Youth, LGBTQ, Naturalists/Environmentalists, Seniors, Teachers, Teenagers
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Raised in: 
District Of Columbia
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Last update: Feb 02, 2020