About Farid Matuk
Born in Lima, Peru to a Syrian mother and Peruvian father, Farid Matuk has lived in the United States since the age of six as an undocumented person, a "legal" resident, and a patriated citizen. He is the author of the poetry collections This Isa Nice Neighborhood (Letter Machine) and The Real Horse (University of Arizona Press), and of several chapbooks including My Daughter La Chola (Ahsahta) and from Don't Call It Reginald Denny (Society Editions). His work has been anthologized in The Best American Experimental Poetry, 2014 and in Angels of the Americlypse: An Anthology of New Latino@ Writing, among others. 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, and The Nation. His essays and interviews 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, Bomb, and Cross-Cultural Poetics. Matuk serves on the editorial teams at Fence and The American Age.
Photo/portrait credit: Jeannie Simms
MFA, University of Texas at Austin Michener Center for Writers, 2004
BA, University of California at Irvine, 1997