About Farid Matuk
Farid Matuk is the author of This Isa Nice Neighborhood (Letter Machine) and several chapbooks including My Daughter La Chola (Ahsahta) and from Don't Call It Reginald Denny (Society Editions). 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. The Volta and The Poetry Foundation named My Daughter La Chola among the best books of 2013. It also earned 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. Matuk's poems and translations from Spanish appear in journals such as Floor: A Journal of Aesthetic Experiments, Boundary 2, The Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, Poetry, Kadar Koli, and Translation Review and in the anthologies American Odysseys: Writing by New Americans, The Volta Book of Poets, and Please Excuse This Poem: 100 New Poets for the Next Generation. 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. Matuk's second full-length collection of poems, The Real Horse, is forthcoming in 2018 from the University of Arizona Press.
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MFA, University of Texas at Austin Michener Center for Writers, 2004
BA, University of California at Irvine, 1997