Program Director, MFA Creative Writing
|A queer writer of Syrian and Peruvian heritage, Farid Matuk has lived in the U.S. since the age of six first as an undocumented person, then a “legal” resident, and now as a “naturalized" citizen. He is the author of the poetry collections This Isa Nice Neighborhood and The Real Horse, and of several chapbooks including My Daughter La Chola (Ahsahta). His work has been anthologized in The Best American Experimental Poetry, in Angels of the Americlypse: An Anthology of New Latin@ Writing, and the Library of America’s Latino Poetry: A New Anthology, among others. Matuk's poems and essays appear in various journals and collections including The Baffler, The Nation, The Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, Poetry, Bomb Magazine, Lana Turner Journal, The Boston Review, The Force of What's Possible: Writers on Accessibility and the Avant-Garde, and The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind. His work has been supported, most recently, by The Headlands Center for the Arts and by a Holloway Professorship in Poetry & Poetics at UC Berkeley. Matuk's book arts project, Redolent, made in collaboration with visual artist Nancy Friedemann-Sánchez, was awarded the 2023 Anna Rabinowitz Prize by the Poetry Society of America. He lives in Tucson with his partner, the writer Susan Briante, and with their daughter.