Neil de la Flor is a writer, educator, artist and Executive Director of Reading Queer, a Knight funded organization dedicated to promoting queer literary culture in South Florida.
His first book, Almost Dorothy (Marsh Hawk Press, 2010), won the Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize. Forrest Gander writes, “Almost Dorothy is the red-headed stepchild of Antony (without the Johnsons) and Jean Cocteau. Infusing poetry with theater, Neil de la Flor is at once bitingly original, funny, and uncompromising.” de la Flor’s second book, An Elephant’s Memory of Blizzards (Marsh Hawk Press), which has nothing to do with elephants but everything to do with the memory or blizzards, examines our obsession with hope, the omnipresence of memory and the consequences of sexual abuse.
Julie Marie Wade writes of An Elephant’s Memory of Blizzards, “The currency of these poems is sensory and extra-sensory. They have electric blue eyes and readily self-personify.They shape-shift and spontaneously combust. They speak to us in ‘the awe-/some language of hairdo.’ I can feel these poems on my skin like a blush. I can hold them between my teeth like pearls.” Read the full review here.
de la Flor has written four collaborative books, including Sinead O’Connor and her Coat of a Thousand Bluebirds (Firewheel Editions, 2011), co-authored with Maureen Seaton and winner of the Sentence Book Award; Facial Geometry (NeoPepper Press, 2006), co-authored with Maureen Seaton and Kristine Snodgrass; and Two Thieves and a Liar (Jackleg Press, 2012), also co-authored with Maureen Seaton and Kristine Snodgrass.
In Sarah Burghauser’s review of Sinead O’Connor and her Coat of a Thousand Bluebirds for Lambda Literary, she writes, “Lusty, swanky, and well-toned, these poems are playful without being light, and smart without being esoteric. Read this book to witness an inspiring dexterity with language. Read this book for a loving sucker-punch to the brain. Read this book in a place where it is okay to lol, or even to loofah.”
de la Flor’s writings, both solo and collaborative, have appeared in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Barrow Street, Pank, Prairie Schooner, Indiana Review, Court Green, Best American Poetry Blog among other journals. He is also the performing arts journalist for KnightBlog, the organizational arts blog maintained by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and contributes to Miami-based arts bureau, ArtBurstMiami. He graduated with a MFA from the University of Miami where he was a Michener Fellow.
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