Dan Vera

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Dan Vera
Dan Vera reading at Iota Poetry Series 20th anniversary.
Dan Vera reading at Iota Poetry Series 20th anniversary.
BornSouth Texas
OccupationPoet, Editor

Dan Vera (born South Texas) is an American poet and editor of Cuban descent living in Washington D.C.[1]


Vera is the author of Speaking Wiri Wiri, (Red Hen Press, 2013)[2] and The Space Between Our Danger and Delight, (Beothuk Books, 2009). His manuscript The Guide to Imaginary Monuments was selected by Orlando Ricardo Menes for the 2012 Letras Latinas/Red Hen Poetry Prize[3] and published as Speaking Wiri Wiri.[2] In 2014, he was named one of LatinoStories.com's "Top 10 'New' Latino Authors to Watch (and Read)", calling him "a talented, sophisticated poet who is a master at playing with words".[4] In 2017, he was the recipient of the Oscar Wilde Award for LGBT poetry.[5]

His work has appeared in The American Prospect, Foreign Policy in Focus, ''Poet Lore, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Notre Dame Review, Delaware Poetry Review, Gargoyle Magazine, Konch, and Red Wheelbarrow.[6]

Vera's poetry blends English and Spanish. As he explains:

I love the English language. And I think one of the things that I love about the English language is the permeability of English to not only accept but also struggle with the incorporation of other languages like Spanish. So when I write, I'm constantly going back and forth between these two possible ways of articulating the world around me.[7]

Vera is poetry editor of Origins Journal[8] and past Managing Editor of White Crane.[8] He publishes other poets through Vrzhu Press and Souvenir Spoon Books.[9] Vera is the co-editor, with ire'ne lara silva, of an essay anthology about Gloria Anzaldúa, Imaniman: Poets Writing in the Anzaldúan Borderlands, (Aunt Lute Books, 2016).[10]

He founded Brookland Area Writers & Artists and serves on the boards of Split This Rock Poetry and Rainbow History Project.[11][12] His work as co-editor with Kim Roberts of the literary history site D.C. Writers' Homes was part of his effort to get to know Washington D.C.:

I was just really fascinated to discover that writing and writers had existed in D.C. before me. I live in the Brookland neighborhood, and was fascinated to find out that Sterling Brown lived a few blocks from me and wanted to know more about him — that kind of started a progression of interest in writers, playwrights and poets and novelists who called Washington home.[7]

Vera is a member of the prestigious Macondo Writers Workshop, the workshop founded by Sandra Cisneros.[13] and a fellow of the CantoMundo Poetry Workshop.

Personal life[edit]

He lives in the Brookland neighborhood of Washington, D.C.[11]


Poetry collections[edit]

  • Speaking Wiri Wiri. Red Hen Press. March 2013. ISBN 978-1-59709-274-6.
  • The Space Between Our Danger and Delight. Beothuk Books. March 28, 2009. ISBN 978-0-615-25371-8.

Poetry in anthologies[edit]

As editor[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Dan Vera | Directory of Writers | Poets & Writers
  2. ^ a b Speaking Wiri Wiri | Red Hen Press
  3. ^ Poetry Foundation blog
  4. ^ "2014 Top Ten "New" Latino Authors to Watch (and Read)". LatinoStories.com. Retrieved 28 September 2014.
  5. ^ Arlington Literary Journal, Issue 100, 2017
  6. ^ Author page on Poets and Writers http://www.pw.org/content/dan_vera
  7. ^ a b Wilson, Jonathan (27 September 2013). "Bookend: Poet Dan Vera Blends Spanish, English Influences In Latest Work". Metro Connection. WAMU 88.5 American University Radio. Retrieved 28 September 2014.
  8. ^ a b http://www.originsjournal.com/editors/
  9. ^ Dan Vera biography
  10. ^ "Juan Felipe Herrera, Imaniman, and Gloria Anzaldúa", Aunt Lute Books website, April 2016 http://auntlute.com/7878/new_release/juan-felipe-herrera-imaniman-and-gloria-anzaldua/ Archived 2016-06-10 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ a b Taub, Yermiyahu Ahron. "Poet Dan Vera Finds a Home in Brookland". Archived from the original on 11 May 2013. Retrieved 8 May 2013.
  12. ^ "members". brookland area writers & artists. Archived from the original on February 29, 2012.
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-03-04. Retrieved 2017-03-03.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)