Matthew Minicucci

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)

2014 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize

So excited to be able to formally announce that my first full-length collection, No Epithets, has been selected by Jane Hirshfield as the winner of the 2014 Wick Poetry Prize. The book will be published in the fall of 2015. I’m honored to be part of the Wick Poetry family, and to have a chance to read with Jane Hirshfield that same fall at Kent State University.


Much more to follow in the coming months!

Mission Creek Festival in Iowa City, IA

Mission Creek Festival is already going on, but I’m heading out there with Natalie Mesnard, Ted Sanders, and Jensen Beach this Friday.

Ted and I will be reading at the Lit Crawl on Friday night. Details below:

Date: Friday, April 4th

Time: 6pm

Venue: Dublin Underground (5 South Dubuque Street)


1) Brian Evenson

2) Josh Ostergaard

3) T Geronimo Johnson

4) Ariel Lewiton

5) Matt Minicucci

6) Ted Sanders

The event is free and open to the public. So I hope to see you there!

AWP 2014 Seattle

#AWP2014 is almost here! The excitement builds as the money slowly bleeds away.


I’ll be in Seattle this year representing the University of Illinois, and Ninth Letter Online, which I’m editing this semester. Should be a wonderful time!


Also, I’ll be signing chapbooks at the Accents Publishing Table (AA3) between 12pm-1pm on Friday, February 28th. Please come by and say hi!



Monmouth Reading Recap

The reading at Monmouth was a huge success.  Students and faculty alike were active, engaged, and enjoying the time spent with great writing.  Ted Sanders and Jensen Beach were, as always, amazing, and they had such wonderful advice for all the young writers there.  I wanted to thank David Wright, and the entire Monmouth community, for hosting us and showing us such a great time.

Some pics:

From left to right: Ted Sanders, Matthew Minicucci, Jensen Beach

Post-reading Q & A


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