About Farid Matuk
Farid Matuk is the author of This Isa Nice Neighborhood (Letter Machine) and My Daughter La Chola (Ahsahta). This Isa Nice Neighborhood was awarded an Honorable Mention in the 2011 Arab American Book Awards, named a finalist for the Norma Farber First Book Award by the Poetry Society of America, and chosen by Geoffrey G. O’Brien for inclusion in the Poetry Society of America’s New American Poets series. My Daughter La Chola was named among the best books of 2013 by John Keene for The Volta and by Nick Twemlow for the Poetry Foundation. It was also recognized with an &Now Award for innovative writing and an Honorable Mention in the 2014 Arab American Book Awards. Selections from My Daughter La Chola have been anthologized in The Best American Experimental Poetry, 2014 and in Angels of the Americlypse: An Anthology of New Latino@ Writing. His poems appear in journals such as Floor: A Journal of Aesthetic Experiments, Boundary 2, The Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, and Poetry. Matuk's poems have also been anthologized in American Odysseys: Writing by New Americans, The Volta Book of Poets, and Please Excuse This Poem: 100 New Poets for the Next Generation. His translations from Spanish appear in Hotel Lautreamont: Contemporary Poetry from Uruguay and in such journals as Kadar Koli and Translation Review. His essays can be found in Scubadivers and Chrysanthemums: Essays on the Poetry of Araki Yasusada, The Force of What's Possible: Writers on Accessibility and the Avant-Garde, The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind, The Boston Review, Entropy, and Cross-Cultural Poetics, among others.
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