Bill Lavender is a poet, novelist, musician, carpenter and publisher living in New Orleans. He is the author of twelve published books and two others forthcoming (as of Spring 2019). His ground-breaking verse memoir, Memory Wing, called by Rodger Kamentetz "a contemporary autobiographical masterpiece," was published by Black Widow in 2011. A chapbook, surrealism, was published in 2016 and translated into Spanish by Enrique Solinas and Peter Thompson; the bilingual edition was released by Yauguru in Uruguay as surrealismo in 2017; a French edition is forthcoming. My ID, his eleventh book of poetry, is due from BlazeVOX in March, 2020. His novel, Q, a neo-picaresque view of the surreal world of the future, was published by Trembling Pillow in 2013, and his novel trilogy, comprised of Q, Little A, and The Private I, is to be released by Spuyten Duyvil in 2020.
He founded Lavender Ink, a small press devoted mainly to poetry, in 1995, and he founded Diálogos, an imprint devoted to cross-cultural literatures (mostly in translation) in 2011. His poems, stories and essays have appeared in dozens of print and web journals and anthologies, with theoretical writings appearing in Contemporary Literature and Poetics Today, among others.
by Lavender Ink. His Amazon author page lists most of his books.
Read an interview with Bill about his poetics and about the press at Jacket2.
He is the co-founder, with Megan Burns of Trembling Pillow Press, of the New Orleans Poetry Festival.
Lavender Ink / Diálogos Reading
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