Oliver Baez Bendorf is a queer, trans, Latinx writer & educator. He is the author of Advantages of Being Evergreen (CSU Poetry Center 2019), winner of the CSU Poetry Center Open Book Poetry Competition, which Gabrielle Calvocoressi called “an essential book for our time and for all time,” & The Spectral Wilderness (Kent State U. 2015), selected by Mark Doty for the Stan & Tom Wick Poetry Prize. His chapbook, The Gospel According to X, won the Rane Arroyo Chapbook Prize. Oliver was born and raised in Iowa and he is currently an assistant professor of poetry at Kalamazoo College in Michigan.