Dara Wier is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including You Good Thing (Wave Books, 2013), Selected Poems (Wave Books, 2009), Remnants of Hannah (Wave Books, 2006), Reverse Rapture (Verse Press, 2005, 2006 SFSU Poetry Center Book Award), Hat On a Pond (Verse Press, 2002), and Voyages in English (Carnegie Mellon, 2001). Also among her works are the limited editions (X In Fix) in Rain Taxi’s Brainstorm Series, Fly on the Wall (Oat City Press), and The Lost Epic, co-written with James Tate (Waiting for Godot Books, 1999). Her poetry has been supported by fellowships and awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the American Poetry Review. In 2005 she held the Rubin Distinguished Chair at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia.
Her work has appeared in American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Conduit, Denver Quarterly, The Fairytale Review, Hollins Critic, jubilat, New American Writing, slope and Volt, among other magazines.
She teaches workshops and form and theory seminars and directs the MFA program for poets and writers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and co-directs the University of Massachusetts’ Juniper Initiative for Literary Arts and Action. Each June she teaches a poetry workshop for the Juniper Summer Institute. Her editing work includes publishing limited edition chapbooks and broadsides with Factory Hollow Press, North Amherst, Massachusetts, a small independent press she co-edits with Emily Pettit and Guy Pettit. Along with James Haug and James Tate she edits the University of Massachusetts Press Juniper Series for poetry.
“Her directed and charged language is a reminder of how vital and vivid poetry can be.”
“There are so many surprises in her work—the ideas, the imagery, the simple and imaginative use of language. Don’t get too relaxed, though, there are complexities in the Wier’s work that require one’s attention and thought, but the payoffs are well worth the efforts.”
“Such poems are not whimsies but quizzical visions, or dreams, in which readers might try hard to get lost.”
“Leave it to Wier to make her dead seem busier and more ebullient than my living...This anti-elegy, both reverent and funny, anticipates the funny reverence that Wier finds, makes up, and sustains throughout her decades of subsequent writing.
—Michael D. Snediker, Jacket
“Wier’s warm touch belies her procedural cunning and post-confessional derring-do, making her Selected Poems required reading for a new generation of poets...”
—Virginia Konchan, Boston Review
Reviews of books by Dara Wier
You Good Thing
Remnants of Hannah
Hat on a Pond
- Dara Wier’s page at the Poetry Foundation
- “In Oval Mirrors We Cruise Through Touch-Me-Nots” (on The Dish)
- “Blue Oxen” (on Poets.org)
- “Hat on a Pond” (in the American Poetry Review)
- “Declining Public Appetite for Large Wars of Occupation” (in Boston Review)
- “Chinese Restaurant on Fire” (at Fou)
- “That Vagrant Mistral Vexing The Sun: A Far Cry” (in jubilat)
- Three poems (in notnostrums)
- Two poems (in Octopus Magazine)
- All poems on Verse Daily
- “Capitalism” (on iOPoetry)
- The Ampersand Review, with Corey Zeller
- Her Kind, with Gillian Connelly
- Jacket Magazine, with Cynthia Arrieu-King
- Rob McLennan’s blog
- Listen to Dara Wier reading “The Gift” at the Poetry Foundation
- Reading at Kelly Writers House
- Listen to Dara Wier read poems recorded at the Knox Writers' House
- Reading on the No Slander Podcast (also on iTunes)
- Reading on Blog Talk Radio
- Joe Milford hosts Dara Wier
Reading with James Tate at the Walker Art Center:
No readings scheduled at this time.