Dan Vera is the managing editor of White Crane Journal and a
founding director of White Crane Institute. White Crane Institute promotes the
study of the role of unconventional or queer sexualities and gender orientations
in the evolution, psychology, sociology, and practice of spirituality, ritual,
Dan was born in South Texas and has lived in Colorado, Washington State and
Chicago. His areas of academic study and degree are in history, anthropology,
theology, and justice & peace studies. He is the academic product of
Southwestern University and Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado.
When Dan was in his early twenties Pablo Neruda whispered in his ear and his
world went technicolor. Consequently he's had a hard time seeing in black and
white ever since. A writer of poetry for over ten years, his poetry has been
featured in Shaping Sanctuary: Proclaiming God's Grace in an Inclusive
Church, DC Poets Against The War: An Anthology, Red
Wheelbarrow, and Raddish and the chapbook, Crepusculario.
His poetry has also been featured on Pacifica Radio's nationally broadcast
Democracy Now program. He is a founding member of Brookland Area Writers &
Artists and a member of the Triangle Artists Group and Poets Against the War.
Dan has worked in advocacy for working poor and homeless people in Denver,
Colorado, and as field director and trainer for the LGBT-welcoming Reconciling
Ministries Network in the United Methodist Church. In 2000 Dan authored the
groundbreaking statement "United Methodists of Color for a Fully Inclusive
Church" which lead to the the first denominational people of color organization
for LGBT inclusion, which he served as director.
He has served as poetry editor for RFD magazine. His interests
include cooking, gardening and occasionally walking the dog. He lives in the
Brookland neighborhood of Washington, DC with his fere Peter Montgomery and
their operatic dog Roofus. Dan is active with the DC Radical Faeries and All
Souls Unitarian church in Washington, DC.
White Crane Institute’s goal is to foster the gathering and dissemination of
information about the critical role sexuality and gender have played and
continue to play in the development of cultural, spiritual and religious
traditions and to provide a nurturing environment for the continuation and
expansion of those explorations for the greater good of all society.
This Tejano Cubano Radical Faerie poet has been a contributor to White
Crane since 1998 and oversaw its redesign in the Summer of 2003.
(This biographical statement provided by Dan Vera.)