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.


  • Blood, Hook & Eye, University of Texas Press, 1977, 1980 ISBN 0-292-70720-7
  • The 8-Step Grapevine, CMU Press, 1980 ISBN 0-915604-38-8
  • All You Have in Common, CMU, 1984 ISBN 0-88748-005-5
  • The Book of Knowledge, CMU, 1987 ISBN 0-88748-067-5
  • Blue for the Plough, CMU, 1990 ISBN 0-88748-137-X
  • Our Master Plan, CMU, 1999 ISBN 0-88748-294-5
  • Voyages in English, CMU, 2001 ISBN 0-88748-351-8
  • Hat on a Pond, Verse Press, 2001 ISBN 0-9703672-6-0
  • Reverse Rapture, Verse Press, 2005 ISBN 0-9746353-4-0
  • Remnants of Hannah, Wave Books, 2006 ISBN 978-1-933517-08-7
  • Selected Poems, Wave Books, 2009 ISBN 978-1-933517-38-4
  • A Civilian's Journal of the War Years, The Song Cave, 2011
  • You Good Thing, Wave Books, 2013 ISBN 978-1-933517-67-4
  • In the Still of the Night, Wave Books, 2017 ISBN 978-1-940696-57-7
  • I Would Like to Return the Scarf to You in Good Condition, Small Anchor Books, forthcoming
  • You Stare as if Staring Were the Start of All Stars, Pilot Books, forthcoming
  • The Usual Ratio Between Banality and Wonder, Rain Taxi, forthcoming


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