Poetry. Winner of the 2009 Marsh Hawk Poetry Prize. Praise from Forrest Gander, Contest Judge: "With a scenery-chewing imagination, deft linguistic cuts, slippery line breaks and disjointed or dehiscent narrative elements, Neil de la Flor abandons genre rules to explore gender roles, religion, domestic relations, science and history. The poems of ALMOST DOROTHY take place in spectacular leaps away from conventional patterns of development. They suggest a kind of super symmetry that links saints, elementary particles, two boys dressed for Halloween as Dorothy, and a butch Brazilian barman. Revisionary and anachronistic in its referencing and formally restless with its lyrics, lists, prose poems, definitions, and dramatic dialogues, 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."
Neil de la Flor is the author of AN ELEPHANT'S MEMORY OF BLIZZARDS (Marsh Hawk Pres, 2013), Two Thieves and a Liar (Jackleg Press, 2012), ALMOST DOROTHY (Marsh Hawk Press, 2010) and co-author, with Maureen Seaton, of SINÉAD O'CONNOR AND HER COAT OF A THOUSAND BLUEBIRDS (Firewheel Editions, 2011) and Facial Geometry, (NeoPepper Press, 2006), a chapbook of triads written with collaborator poets Maureen Seaton and Kristine Snodgrass. He is the co-recipient of a 2012 Knight Arts Challenge Grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to found "Reading Queer," a new annual literary event to promote Miami as a center for LGBTIQ literature. He teaches at Miami Dade College and lives in Miami, Florida.
Author City: MIAMI, FL USA