Books
  • Furious Lullaby (Crab Orchard Series in Poetry)
    Furious Lullaby (Crab Orchard Series in Poetry)
  • Names Above Houses (Crab Orchard Series in Poetry)
    Names Above Houses (Crab Orchard Series in Poetry)
  • A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry
    A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry

  • Requiem for the Orchard (Akron Series in Poetry)
    Requiem for the Orchard (Akron Series in Poetry)

Anthologies

Oliver's work can also be found in the following anthologies.

  • Tilting the Continent: Southeast Asian American Writing
    Tilting the Continent: Southeast Asian American Writing
  • Asian American Poetry: The Next Generation
    Asian American Poetry: The Next Generation
  • Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond
    Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond
  • From the Fishouse: An Anthology of Poems that Sing, Rhyme, Resound, Syncopate, Alliterate, and Just Plain Sound Great
    From the Fishouse: An Anthology of Poems that Sing, Rhyme, Resound, Syncopate, Alliterate, and Just Plain Sound Great
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Online Poetry Journals

Oliver de la Paz’s Requiem for the Orchard is a love letter to memory and its ability to both sustain and shatter us beyond the “dust of ourselves,/ cold, decisive, and purely from the earth.” de la Paz renders in beautiful and exacting language the tenderness and ferocity of boyhood, alongside the enduring vulnerability of parenthood.  Out of such intimate recollection a generous wisdom blossoms.   

—Jon Pineda, author of
The Translator’s Diary

More drafts

Monster

 

 

I was issued forth with

the sincerest apology. Blood

spilled on the floor

 

            from where I was wrest.

            I was flung into

            the wild echo of slickened tile.

 

The grooves salty

and full of the metallic

leaf-smell of decay.

 

            Mother, now our history

            has rained through us.

            I can only know my way

 

through touch. The straight

and gilded hallways

of father's kingdom,

 

            an animal place where

            tendrils of light cinched

            around my ruddy body.

 

I was convinced I could

quiet the animal. Stuff it

into a sack and pull the string

 

            tight against the eyelets.

            I wanted to be blinder

            than stalactites. Blinder

 

than the sulfur rimed crevasses

sunk deep in a continent's memory.

I tasted a country

 

            that was taken away.

            I wore my musk and sank

            my teeth into hearts

 

led blindly into my domain.

I bled out all the young

who passed through the entry's mouth

 

            shamed into the earth's wet kiss.

Another from a series in progress

***ZAP!!!!***

Back at it. Trying to jump start this writing thing again.

*poof*

Book Trailer for Post Subject: A Fable

The book will be out August 1st!

 

Here's the trailer by Caleb Young and the good folks at Handcrank Films:

 

http://youtu.be/KbuJJoDwiMU

Forthcoming!

Late Announcement--At Length

I've been busy, so I haven't shared the news! I'm the new Music Editor for At Length!

I'm thrilled.


I'm terrified.

 

Don't move . . .

 

Reading at University of Miami

I'll be reading with Neil de la Flor and Jaswinder Bolina as part of the University of Miami's Ibis Reading Series.

 

The details are here:

 

Ibis Literary Reading and Performance Series Gets Under Way with Readings by Three Poets

The IBIS Literary Reading Series presents readings by new creative writing faculty member Jaswinder Bolina, UM MFA alum Neil de la Flor, and poet Oliver de la Paz will be 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 12, at the College of Arts and Sciences Gallery and Conference Center at the Wesley Foundation. The CAS Gallery is located at 1210 Stanford Drive on the Coral Gables campus of the University of Miami.

Poet, essayist, and newest full-time member of the UM creative writing faculty Jaswinder Bolina is the author of Phantom Camera, winner the 2012 Green Rose Prize; and Carrier Wave, winner of the 2006 Colorado Prize for Poetry. His work has appeared in numerous U.S. and international literary journals and in The Best American Poetry series. Miami MFA alum Neil de la Flor’s publications include An Elephant's Memory of Blizzards (Marsh Hawk Press, 2013); 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; and Almost Dorothy (Marsh Hawk Press, 2010), winner of the Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize. Oliver de la Paz is the author of Names Above Houses (SIU Press 2001); Furious Lullaby (SIU 2007); and Requiem for the Orchard (U. of Akron Press 2010), winner of the Akron Prize for poetry. He co-chairs the advisory board of Kundiman and serves on the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Board. His work has appeared in journals like Virginia Quarterly Review, North American Review, Tin House, and Chattahoochee Review.

Before their reading that night, Oliver de la Paz and Neil de la Flor will be teaching a master class in poetry at 12:30 p.m. in room 427 of the Ashe Administration Building, located at 1252 Memorial Drive on the Coral Gables campus.

The IBIS Literary Reading Series is free and open to the public, and is sponsored in part by the University of Miami’s College of Arts and Sciences and by UM’s Creative Writing Program.

For more information, please contact:

University of Miami Creative Writing Director at M. Evelina Galang at mgalang@miami.edu, or Creative Writing Events and Community Outreach Coordinator Joshua Schriftman at j.schriftman@miami.edu.

 

Reading tonight at Florida Atlantic University

I'll be reading tonight at FAU.

 

Details linked here: 


7:00PM, Culture and Society Building, Third Floor. Boca Raton Campus