Dan Vera's a writer, editor and literary historian living in Washington, DC.
His areas of academic study have included history, anthropology, theology, and justice & peace studies with abiding interests in history, art and architecture. After working in church-based homeless and LGBT non-profit work, he's edited the gay culture journal White Crane and it's Gay Wisdom project for the last ten years.
He is the author of two collections of poetry Speaking Wiri Wiri, inaugural winner of the Letras Latinas/Red Hen Poetry Prize (Red Hen 2013), and The Space Between Our Danger and Delight (Beothuk Books, 2008). His poetry has appeared in various publications and outlets including Notre Dame Review, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Gargoyle, Delaware Poetry Review, Little Patuxent Review, Naugatuck River, the anthologies Divining Divas: 100 Gay Men on Their Muses, Full Moon On K Street: Poems About Washington, DC, Dog Blessings, and DC Poets Against the War. Vera has been a featured reader at poetry readings around the country and his work has been featured on the Library of Congress's broadcast Poet and the Poem, Pacifica Radio's nationally broadcast Peace Watch and Sirius Satellite Radio's Writers on Writing. Vera has been a frequent panelist on literary history, literary diversity, alternative publishing, political poetics, LGBT history and LGBT writing. He's had writing residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and Soul Mountain Retreat.
He's also curated poetry readings and community events in the Washington area through the poetry incubator Poetry Mutual of America. He's the co-creator of the literary history website, DC Writer's Homes and serves on the board of Split This Rock Poetry. He's published the work of other poets through Vrzhu Press and Souvenir Spoon Books and served on award juries for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and Arlington County Cultural Affairs Division.
Of his first book of poetry, The Space Between Our Danger and Delight, Martín Espada wrote “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. Dan Vera is damn good company. You’ll see." Grace Cavalieri wrote that “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.” Jeff Mann wrote that “Ranging through landscape and history, family legacy and gay life, Dan Vera’s poems are melodic, lucid, and concise examinations of “the limits of earthly loving.” They remind us of what blessings the world possesses and what flesh-hating forces endanger those delights."
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