C. L. O'Dell was born in the Hudson Valley and received his MFA in poetry from Manhattanville College. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The New Yorker, Poetry Magazine, Ploughshares, New England Review, The Southern Review, Poetry Ireland Review, Barrow Street and Blackbird, among others. He was a semi-finalist for the 2016, 2019 and 2020 92Y's Discovery Poetry Contest and his poem “My Father Named the Trees” was selected by Dorianne Laux for the Best New Poets 2014 anthology. He is founder and editor of The Paris-American.
"under each slab of darkness,
an infant bit of light was still learning how to turn
— from "While Lying on the Back of a Blue Whale"