Visiting Writer: Dara Wier

Born in Louisiana, Dara Wier is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including: Selected Poems, Remnants of Hannah, Reverse Rapture, which received the 2006 SFSU Poetry Center Book Award, Hat On a Pond, Voyages in English, Our Master Plan, which received a Phi Beta Kappa Award Finalist Citation, Blue for the Plough, The Book of Knowledge, All You Have in Common, The 8-Step Grapevine, and Blood, Hook & Eye and You Good Thing.

Her awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council, is a recipient of the Jerome J. Shestack Prize from the American Poetry Review. Wier is a former Director and on the permanent faculty of the MFA program for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She co-founded and co-directs the Juniper Initiative for Literary Arts and Action and the annual Juniper Summer Writing Institute. She is a member of the arts and literary community center Flying Object in Hadley, Massachusetts. Recent poems can be found in The Nation, jubilat, not nostrums, Conduit, Make, American Poetry Review, skein, Fou, Maggy, Boston Review, Green Mountain Review, Salt River Review. With Emily Pettit and Guy Pettit she publishes and edits chapbooks, books and broadsides for Factory Hollow Press.