Iowa City native Oliver Bendorf will read from his book of poetry, The Spectral Wilderness, from Kent State University Press. The Spectral Wilderness was selected by Mark Doty for the 2013 Wick Poetry Prize. Bendorf’s poems have been published in Blackbird, Indiana Review, jubilat, and elsewhere, and anthologized in Best New Poets and Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics. He has received fellowships from University of Wisconsin-Madison, Lambda Literary Foundation and Vermont Studio Center. He earned an MFA in poetry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he is now an MA candidate in Library & Information Studies. He lives in Madison.
“It’s a joy to come nearer to a realm of experience little explored in American poetry, the lives of those who are engaged in the complex project of transforming their own gender… Oliver Bendorf writes from a paradoxical, new-world position: the adult voice of a man who has just appeared in the world. A man emergent, a man in love, alive in the fluid instability of any category.” —Mark Doty