Personal profile


Matthew Zapruder is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Come On All You Ghosts(Copper Canyon 2010), a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and Sun Bear, Copper Canyon 2014. A book of prose, Why Poetry, is forthcoming from Ecco/Harper Collins in August, 2017. His poems, essays and translations have appeared in many publications, including BombSlate, Tin House, Paris ReviewThe New RepublicThe New Yorker, The Believer, The Los Angeles Times and Real Simple. He has received a 2011 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 Saint Mary's College of California MFA program and English Department, he is also Editor at Large at Wave Books. Currently, he is the editor of the Poetry Page for the New York Times Magazine. He lives with his wife and son in Oakland, CA.

Contact Information

Dante Hall - 322

Office Hours - Fall 2016
Thursdays 2-4:00
and by appointment

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Education/Academic qualification

M.F.A. in Poetry, University of Massachusetts Amherst

… → 1999

M.A. in Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of California - Berkeley

… → 1994

B.A. in Russian Literature, Amherst College

… → 1989

External positions

Editor, Poetry Page, New York Times Magazine

Mar 1 2016Mar 1 2017

Palm Desert Low Residency MFA, Assistant Adjunct Professor, University of California, Riverside

Aug 1 2008 → …

Permanent Graduate Faculty, MFA in Creative Writing, The New School

Jan 1 2005Jan 1 2009

Editor-at-Large, Wave Books

Jan 1 2005 → …

Co-curator, KGB Monday Night Poetry Reading Series

Jan 1 2004Jan 1 2008

Founder and Publisher, Verse Press

Jan 1 1999Jan 1 2005

Visiting Professor, MFA Creative Writing, New York University

… → Mar 1 2008

Holloway Lecturer in the Practice of Poetry, University of California - Berkeley

… → Aug 1 2010

Visiting Professor, MFA, University of Houston

… → Sep 1 2018


  • English Language and Literature