C. L. O'Dell was born in the Hudson Valley and received his MFA in poetry from Manhattanville College. His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, POETRY, Ploughshares, New England 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.
"everything is there, the sun merely reading aloud the writing of the afternoon"
— from "Closing Books"