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Visiting Writers Series: Matthew Zapruder

Event Information


UMass Amherst | Memorial Hall

Date & Time

Dec 7, 2017 | 8:00 pm

Contact Name

Barbara McGlynn


(413) 545-0643

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, Sun Bear, Copper Canyon 2014, and Why Poetry, a book of prose, from Ecco Press in August 2017. His poems, essays and translations have appeared in many publications, including Ploughshares, BombSlate, Tin House, Paris ReviewThe New RepublicThe New Yorker, The Believer,American Poetry Review, The Los Angeles Times and Real Simple, as well as in Best American Poetry in 2009, 2013, and 2017. 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. An Associate Professor in the MFA at Saint Mary's College of California, he is also Editor at Large at Wave Books, and from 2016-7 held the annually rotating position of Editor of the Poetry Column for the New York Times Magazine. He lives in Oakland, CA.

The Series is sponsored by the MFA for Poets and Writers and the Juniper Initiative, and made possible by support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the University of Massachusetts Arts Council, and the English Department. Free and open to the public. Memorial Hall is wheel-chair accessible.