Matthew Zapruder

B.A. Van Sise

Matthew Zapruder is the author of five collections of poetry, including Come On All You Ghosts, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and Father’s Day (Copper Canyon, 2019), as well as Why Poetry, a book of prose. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a William Carlos Williams Award, a Sarton Award from the Academy of American Arts and Sciences, and a Lannan Foundation Residency Fellowship in Marfa, TX. His poetry has been adapted and performed at Carnegie Hall by composer Gabriel Kahane and Brooklyn Rider, and was the libretto for “Vespers for a New Dark Age,” a piece by composer Missy Mazzoli commissioned by Carnegie Hall for the 2014 Ecstatic Music Festival. In 2000, he co-founded Verse Press, and is now editor-at large-at Wave Books, where he edits contemporary poetry, prose, and translations. He was the founding Director of the Bagley Wright Lecture Series. From 2016–7 he held the annually rotating position of editor of the New York Times Magazine poetry column. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he is an associate professor at Saint Mary’s College of California.


John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, 2011

Sarton Award for Poetry, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2008

William Carlos Williams Award, Poetry Society of America, 2007