OLIVER BENDORF was born in Iowa City in 1987. He is a writer, artist, librarian, teacher, and trans man. Bendorf completed an MFA in Poetry and an MA in Library and Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has published a book of poems called The Spectral Wilderness, and has published writing and comics in Alaska Quarterly Review, Blackbird, Indiana Review, Ninth Letter, The Rumpus, Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetryand Poetics, and elsewhere. He taught recent workshops at 826DC and Mount Holyoke College, and will lead workshops in summer 2016 at the Allied Media Conference in Detroit and the Queens Center for Gay Seniors in Jackson Heights, NY. He lives in Washington, D.C., where he works at the Digital Library Federation and co-founded the Mount Pleasant Poetry Project.
Artist's Statement: This work deals with the ties that bind us: in memory, childhood, gender, survival, liberation. I think that connecting with one another across the distances of our individual fears, desires, and experiences is a difficult, necessary thing. In this work I combine text and image to imagine a coalitional “we” that is made of our best selves, yet still has room for the darker parts.