October 2, 2023
7:30 pm

Visiting Writers Series: Matthew Zapruder

Award-Winning Poet and Former Poetry Editor of The New York Times Magazine.

Poet, translator, professor and editor Matthew Zapruder is the author of the poetry collections, Father’s Day (Copper Canyon, 2019), Sun Bear (Copper Canyon, 2014), Come On All You Ghosts (Copper Canyon, 2010), The Pajamaist (Copper Canyon, 2006), and American Linden (Tupelo Books, 2002). He is also the author of Why Poetry (Ecco, 2017), an impassioned call for a return to reading poetry, which the New York Times Book Review called “a roaring success.”  Zapruder collaborated with painter Chris Uphues on For You in Full Bloom (Pilot Books, 2009) and cotranslated, with historian Radu Ioanid, Romanian poet Eugen Jebeleanu’s last collection, Secret Weapon: Selected Late Poems (Coffee House Press, 2008). His next book is Story of a Poem, coming from Unnamed Press in April 2023.

Zapruder’s poems have been included in the anthologies Best American Poetry (2017, 2013, 2009), Third Rail: The Poetry of Rock and Roll (2007), and Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century (2006), as well as Poets on Teaching: A Sourcebook (2010). His poems, essays and translations have appeared in many publications, including Tin House, Paris ReviewThe New RepublicThe Boston ReviewThe New Yorker, McSweeney’s, The Believer, Real Simple, and The Los Angeles Times.

Zapruder is cofounder of Verse Press, which later became Wave Books in 2005. From 2016-17 he held the annually rotating position of Editor of the Poetry Column for the New York Times Magazine.

Zapruder’s honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Lannan Foundation Residency Fellowship, the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America, and the May Sarton Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has taught writing at various universities around the country and is currently an associate professor in the Saint Mary’s College of California MFA Program in Creative Writing.