Matthew Minicucci


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Winner, 2019 Oregon Book Award

"The lexicon is inordinately rich, somehow both precise and lush. And the poems are insistently but never portentously philosophical, grounded as they are in bailing twine, bared teeth, baptismal tears. Disinterested in irony, softly-toned, Minicucci opens depths inside us that we can sense long after we’ve closed his book."

—Pulitzer-Prize Winner Forrest Gander on Small Gods

Matthew Minicucci grew up in Massachusetts and received his MFA in Poetry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His teaching and research interests include poetics and prosody, classical allusions in contemporary poetry, ekphrastic poetry, lyric creative nonfiction, and literary editing and publishing. His first full-length collection, Translation (Kent State University Press), was chosen by Jane Hirshfield for the 2014 Wick Poetry Prize. His poetry and essays have appeared in or are forthcoming from a number of journals including APR, The Believer, Ploughshares, POETRY, and The Southern Review, among others. He is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards including the Stanley P. Young Fellowship in Poetry from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and a Writer-in-Residence fellowship from the James Merrill House. During the summer of 2019, he served as the 43rd Dartmouth Poet-in-Residence. He currently teaches at the University of Alabama in the English Department and as a Senior Fellow in the Blount Scholars Program.