Caley O'Dwyer




Caley's Bio

Caley O’Dwyer is a visual artist, poet, and teacher living in Los Angeles. His artwork is usually centered in drawing and traverses multiple modes but he mostly works with oil and acrylic on canvas. Caley grew up in the theater. Both of his parents are actors and his godfather, Jac Alder (1934-2015)—founder of Theatre Three in Dallas—was the longest-reigning artistic director of any theater in North America. Caley’s paintings and writing are highly influenced by his childhood in the green room, the light booth, and rehearsal halls. His paintings and other artworks have been on display in numerous shows throughout Los Angeles and his poems have appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Prairie Schooner, Cream City Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, Curator Magazine, Ekphrasis, Washington Square, and others venues, including the Tate Modern Museum in London. He is a winner of an Academy of American Poets Prize, a three-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize, and a recipient of a Helene Wurlitzer grant for poetry. His first book, Full Nova, was published by Orchises Press, and his second, in progress collection, Light, Earth and Blue, features poems written in response to the abstract expressionist paintings of Mark Rothko. Previously a professor at UC Irvine and at the University of Southern California, he teaches creative writing, psychology, and art-related courses at Antioch University Los Angeles. Caley lives and works at The Brewery Arts Complex in downtown L.A. and can be reached via



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