Matthew Minicucci

Cover Reveal! Finalized Reading Dates!

Exciting news! We have a finalized cover for the book!


Also, the full lineup of readings for the fall has been posted.


So many exciting things!

Two New Poems in Blackbird!



I have two new poems up in the latest issue of Blackbird. These are the last two poems from Translation before the book’s release September 1st!

New readings added for fall 2015!

I’ve started to update the Readings page here on the site with everything scheduled for early fall 2015. This is what’s been added so far:


September 18th, 7pm, at Indy Reads Bookstore, 911 Mass Ave. in Indianapolis. Book release reading.

September 21st, 4pm, at Eastern Illinois University

October 6th, 6pm, at the Wick Poetry Center, Kent State University w/ Jane Hirshfield

November 3rd, 7pm, at the Wit Rabbit Reading Series, Chicago, IL

November 5th, with Caleb Curtiss and Charlotte Pence at the Seminary Coop Bookstore in Chicago, IL


Of course, this is a very incomplete list, and many more readings will be added (both for fall and spring) as they are confirmed!

New poem up at GMR!


Excited to have a new poem up at Green Mountains Review!




Reading Tonight at Indy Reads Books!


I’ll be reading tonight for Indy WordLab at Indy Reads Books (911 Mass Ave. Indianapolis, Indiana).


Here’s a interview with me leading up to the reading:

Website Updates!

Recent updates to the website, including:

  • New section for my forthcoming collection, with blurbs
  • Updated spring 2015 reading section
  • Updated chapbook section with new press added


In the next few months, expect to see cover art for the book, sample poems, and the beginnings of a schedule for book tour readings for fall 2015 and spring 2016, with updates to follow over the next 6-8 months or so.


Two poems at Kenyon Review



I’m excited to have two poems up at Kenyon Review’s Winter issue right now! In addition to the text, there is a recording of me reading both poems.

Link to the poems and reading below:




First Book Catalog Page

Some really exciting news: the catalog page for my first book is now up at Kent State University Press, complete with blurbs!

No cover art yet, but sometime in the Spring we should have that finalized.

Pre-orders are available now, and the book is set to drop on September 1st of next year.


Book Update: New Title!

Just a quick update on book progress:

The editing and shaping process has been wonderful thus far. I think we’re close to a final version. The big news is that the book will have a new title: Translation

This was the original title, many years ago, prior to playing about with dozens of others. It feels most appropriate to the intentions and content of the collection, so I’m really excited to officially be returning to it.

More updates soon!

Best New Poets 2014

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Unbelievably excited to have my poem “A Whale’s Heart” included in this year’s Best New Poets anthology. Many thanks to series editor Jazzy Danziger and Dorianne Laux for selected the poem.


Full contents list reposted from Best New Poets Blog:


Christine Adams, “Accretion: A Study”

Annik Adey-Babinski, “Wash Bucket”

Nico Alvarado, “Tim Riggins Speaks of Waterfalls” (nominated by / previously published in Gulf Coast)

Kate Angus, “Wild Rabbits Have Sharp Eyes”

Linda Blaskey, “Looking West Toward the Ozarks” (previously published in Mojave River Review)

Daniel Bohnhorst, “In Aleppo”

Chuck Carlise, “I Can Tell You a Story” (forthcoming in Third Coast)

Anders Carlson-Wee, “Icefisher” (previously published in The Pinch)

Christopher Citro, “Gathering a Few Facts”

Noel Crook, “Notes from a Salt Flat Prisoner” (nominated by / previously published in Smartish Pace)

Karen Embry, “My Love Affair with Darth Vader”

Sara Gelston, “Orbiter”

Benjamin Goldberg, “The Gospel According to Rust” (previously published in Grist: The Journal for Writers)

Lenea Grace, “Yukon River”

Miriam Bird Greenberg, “Shortness of Breath” (nominated by / previously published in The Paris-American)

Richie Hofmann, “After” (previously published in Ploughshares)

Jen Jabaily-Blackburn, “For Gene Kelly”

Wayne Johns, “Delirium” (previously published in New England Review)

Danielle Jones-Pruett, “American Bittersweet”

Andrea Jurjević, “For Yugoslavia’s More Fortunate Ones” (previously published in Verse Wisconsin)

Lisa Kwong, “An AppalAsian Finds Home in Bloomington, Indiana”

Peter LaBerge, “Peter”

Quinn Lewis, “Flora and Fauna: Eyarth Station, Ruthin, North Wales”

S.H. Lohmann, “Lullaby”

Karen Malzone, “Quiet Moon and Harvested Fields” (nominated by the Drew University MFA Program in Poetry and Poetry in Translation)

Amanda Jane McConnon, “Life on Earth”

Corey Miller, “Willow Lake Mine” (previously published in Narrative)

Matthew Minicucci, “A Whale’s Heart”

Jenny Molberg, “Marvels of the Invisible” (nominated by the University of North Texas Creative Writing Program, poem previously published in North American Review)

Rachel Morgenstern-Clarren, “The Civil War Photographer (previously published in The Jet Fuel Review)

Erin J. Mullikin, “Leavings That Change the Future”

C.L. O’Dell, “My Father Named the Trees”

Rosanna Oh, “Erasures”

Joy Priest, “Nightstick”

Jacques J. Rancourt, “Open Shed” (previously published in ZYZZYVA)

Iliana Rocha, “Looking at Women” (nominated by the Western Michigan University Creative Writing Program)

Erin Rodoni, “Two Nights in Room Nineteen” (previously published in Verse Wisconsin)

Nicole Rollender, “Gettysburg”

Carey Russell, “Mackerel” (nominated by / previously published in Cumberland River Review)

T.J. Sandella, “Kayaking, Early Morning” (previously published in Zone 3)

E.C. Sawatzky, “Repeat Offenders” (nominated by the University of British Columbia Creative Writing Program)

Brittney Scott, “The Money Shot”

Matt Sumpter, “American Manhood”

Talin Tahajian, “The river burns /”

Gabriella R. Tallmadge, “Marriage An Animal Language” (previously published in Crazyhorse)

Ocean Vuong, “Anaphora As Coping Mechanism” (nominated by / previously published in Southern Indiana Review)

Anna Rose Welch, “Le Petit Mort”

Lisa Wells, “Self-Portrait with Manco”

Phillip B. Williams, “Do-Rag” (previously published in Poetry)

Jeremy Windham, “After the Funeral” (previously published in The Lake)