Dept. of Writing and Communication
- M.F.A. University of Miami
- B.G.S. University of Miami
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. 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. He is also the co-author of 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.
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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