Dara Wier

2020 Poetry Faculty

Dara Wier

Dara Wier’s newest book is THRU, a chapbook of eleven poems from Scram Press; poems in the still of the night was released in fall 2017 from Wave Books, which has been her publisher since the book length poem Reverse Rapture. In 2014 THE BELIEVER named Dara Wier’s You Good Thing a reader’s choice book of the year. Her poems have been awarded the American Poetry Review’s Jerome Shestack Prize, a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artists Award, and The Poetry Center’s Book of the Year Award; are included in the Pushcart Prize and Best American Poetry anthologies; limited editions include (X IN FIX) and the big broadside The Usual Ratio of Banality To Wonder from RainTaxi’s brainstorm series, A Civilian’s Diary of the War Years from The Song Cave, and with James Tate, The Lost Epic of Arthur Davidson Ficke, the Author’s Annotations, Commentary, and Notes Of Reference For A Millennium’s Teardrop from Waiting for Godot Books. Forthcoming is a chapbook from Scram Press, THRU. Recent poems and prose can be found in Granta, Verse, Fence, Boston Review, Conduit, Volt, Poor Claudia, Bat City Review, Divine Magnet, Big Wednesday, Epiphany, LITERATURA, Hyperallergic, and elsewhere. She’s been a poet-in-residence at the University of Montana, University of Texas, Emory University and the University of Utah; she has served as the Louis Rubin chair at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia and is a member of the poetry faculty of the MFA Program for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She publishes and edits for the small independent press factory hollow press, and the literary magazine jubilat. Along with Noy Holland she co-founded the Juniper Initiative for literary arts and action and the Juniper Summer Writing Institute and Workshops. Dara Wier was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. Disappear into her on-going series about reading and writing, INSIDE UNDIVIDED or read an interview. Follow your gut feelings and instincts and leave your fear of taking risks at the door in Dara’s poetry workshop. Tap into the paths your brain finds between and among things in Dara’s craft session.