Dan Vera is a Washington, D.C.-based poet, editor, and literary historian.
A well-known writer in D.C. literary circles, Dan also contributes his time, energy, and talent to raising cultural and political awareness through poetry. Among his many projects are the literary history site, DC Writers’ Homes, and his work on the board of Split This Rock Poetry.
He has published work in several literary journals and his first book of poetry is entitled The Space Between Our Danger and Delight. Red Hen Press recently awarded him the 2013 Letras Latinas/Red Hen Poetry Prize* for his second poetry collection, Speaking Wiri Wiri.
Last week, we met at the Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Maryland to talk about poetry, forgotten histories, the complexity of one’s identity, drawing and dogs:
A special thanks to the Writer’s Center for donating the space for the interview! For information about their programs, click here.
*The Letras Latinas/Red Hen Poetry Prize is awarded and administered by Letras Latinas–the literary program of the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame, in collaboration with Red Hen Press.