Oliver Baez Bendorf was born and raised in Iowa City, Iowa. He is the author of two poetry collections, Advantages of Being Evergreen (CSU Poetry Center 2019), which Gabrielle Calvocoressi called “an essential book for our time and for all time,” and The Spectral Wilderness (Kent State U. 2015), selected by Mark Doty for the Stan & Tom Wick Poetry Prize. A fellow of the CantoMundo Poetry Workshop, he is the recipient of a 2021 Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2020, he received the early career achievement award from The Publishing Triangle. Baez Bendorf holds a BA in English Literature from University of Iowa, and an MFA in Poetry and an MA in Library and Information Studies, both from University of Wisconsin-Madison. He currently teaches at Kalamazoo College in Michigan.