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Matthew Zapruder

Matthew Zapruder is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Come On All You Ghosts, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and Sun Bear, 2014, as well as Why Poetry, a book of prose, from Ecco Press/Harper Collins in August 2017. He cotranslated, with historian Radu Ioanid, Romanian poet Eugen Jebeleanu’s final collection, Secret Weapon: Selected Late Poems (Coffee House, 2008). He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a William Carlos Williams Award, a May 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, where it was performed by Mazzoli, along with Victoire and Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche. In 2000, he co-founded Verse Press, and is now editor at large at Wave Book, where he edits contemporary poetry, prose, and translations, including books by James Tate, Terrance Hayes, and the Pulitzer prize winning volume Olio, by Tyehimba Jess. He was the founding Director of the Bagley Wright Lecture Series. From 2016-7 he held the annually rotating position of Editor of the Poetry Column for the New York Times Magazine. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he is an Associate Professor at Saint Mary’s College of California.


2007 William Carlos Williams Award

May Sarton Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences 

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