Dan Vera is a writer, editor, watercolorist, and literary historian. The recipient of the 2017 Oscar Wilde Award for Poetry and the Letras Latinas/Red Hen Poetry Prize, he’s the co-editor of Imaniman: Poets Writing In The Anzaldúan Borderlands (Aunt Lute Books) and author of two books of poetry, Speaking Wiri Wiri (Red Hen Press) and The Space Between Our Danger and Delight (Beothuk Books). His work is featured by the Poetry Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts and included in college and university curricula, various journals including Notre Dame Review, Poet Lore, and Beltway Poetry Quarterly; and in anthologies including the forthcoming Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology, The Travelers Vade Mecum, and The Queer South: LGBTQ Writers on the American South. He’s been a featured reader around the country including the Poetry Foundation, New York City’s Poets House and the Dodge Poetry Festival. The longtime chair of Split This Rock Poetry, Vera’s also a proud CantoMundo and Macondo Writing Fellow.


“a talented, sophisticated poet who is a master at playing with words.” LatinoStories.com‘s “Top Ten “New” Latino Author to Watch (and Read)”

“Vera’s book couldn’t come at a better time, with immigration reform and LGBT issues at the forefront of the national debate.” Florida Agenda

“Vera writes so we know how it was for him, and that makes us more alive too. He makes story link to poetry so that it matters to others. He allows the writing to evolve voluntarily and doesn’t push to persuade; letting people, sights, tastes, smells do the talking.” Washington Independent Review of Books

“Vera does not shy away from challenging dominant notions of separateness and togetherness, celebrating the beauty of border-crossing weeds and “all the names we give to [their] persistence.” Goodreads

“so much of Vera’s work is about a simultaneous “splitness” and “togetherness” — between Cuba and the United States; between English and Spanish; between revering history and lamenting its fallout.” Lambda Literary

“a cohesive voice and message…fascinated with language and memory” Living Out Long Island

“It is language–how it shapes us, how it creates contested space, and how it can link or divide us–that Vera explores in this book.” Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide

“If I were in the classroom, I’d want to teach this book, to talk to students about the challenges and rewards of writing poetry that illustrates, as Adrienne Rich said, that the personal is political. And that we can learn from well-crafted poems, poems with narrative impulse and image, about what matters.” Goodreads

“profound knowledge of the interconnected layers of culture, politics, and history reverberates throughout Vera’s poems.” Ahron Taub