Dara Wier

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Dara Wier (born 1949) is an American poet and recipient of such honors as The Guggenheim Foundation award, The National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council artist's fellowship; and the American Poetry Review's, Jerome J. Shestack Prize. Wier is a poet and founding editor of Factory Hollow Press.[1] With Emily Pettit and Guy Pettit she publishes and edits for FHP which is located in Flying Object (founded in 2009 by Guy Pettit), a community arts center located in Hadley, Massachusetts of which she is a member.


Wier was born in Hôtel-Dieu, New Orleans, Louisiana, raised in Belle Chasse and Naomi, Louisiana, attended Catholic grade schools in New Orleans and Gretna, Louisiana, and high school in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, attended Louisiana State University and Longwood University. She received a Master of Fine Arts degree in poetry from Bowling Green University, 1974.

She's lived in Louisiana, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Ohio, Texas, Alabama, New Mexico, Colorado, Montana, and Massachusetts, and spent time in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and Mississippi. She writes poetry, prose and a column, INSIDE UNDIVIDED, on chance, fate and context, from 2010 to 2015 for Flying Object's (arts non profit) website, and from 2015 on the literary magazine jubilat's website. She's taught poetry workshops and seminars at Bowling Green University, University of Pittsburgh, Hollins University, Emory University, University of Montana, University of Massachusetts Amherst and for summer or winter workshops in Aspen, Key West, Santa Fe, Virginia, Bennington, and the University of Massachusetts Juniper Workshops (which she co-founded in 2003 as a part of the Juniper Initiative which she co-directs).

Wier was married to poet James Tate until his death in 2015.


Dara Wier has published several books and her work has also been included in recent volumes of Pushcart Prize Anthology and Best American Poetry. She has also been published in jubilat, "B O D Y", FOU, Maggy, Make, Matters, American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Volt, Hollins Critic, Now Culture, LIT, Conduit, Bat City Review, Salt River, Telephone, OH NO, glitterpony, The Nation, Open City, notnostrums, The Blue Letter, Superstition Review, Fairy Tale Review, Mississippi Review, Massachusetts Review,Denver Quarterly, slope, Poetry Time, Ink Node, Sprung Formal, Lungful, Scythe, Tin House, The Baffler, Mead, Similar Peaks, Io, and other publications. Her poems have appeared on the Academy of American Poets poem-a-day feature, the PEN website, poemflow.



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