Matthew Minicucci

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)

Lineup:

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!

 

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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

 

Books & Books & Books

 

 

 

Reading News

I’ll be reading on November 12th at Monmouth College (Illinois) with my great friends and fellow writers Ted Sanders and Jensen Beach.

Reading begins at 6:15pm, and is located at the Mellinger Teaching and Learning Center.  Free to the public!

New publications

I’m currently on vacation in Wells, ME and have had a wonderful week of the ocean, and a wonderful week of poems coming out in great places.

I have three poems up right now on Hobart.  I also have another two up on the Summer 2013 edition of West Branch Wired.

I’m heading off to Vermont tomorrow for the VCFA Postgraduate Conference.  Looking forward to a week of manuscript tweaking!

Interview up at The Fine Delight

Nick Ripatrazone did a wonderful interview with me about Reliquary over at The Fine Delight

Here’s a brief excerpt:

“That someone would see the piety in these things never occurred to me.  Furthermore, that I myself might still engage with respect and awe these ideas that seemed so far away, was amazing.  I still can’t sit here and claim to be some arbitrary definition of a ‘religious person,’ but the book allowed me to remember what faith (and prayer) might actually be: this skin that’s ever-molting; never as stationary and calm as you’d hope it to be”

You should definitely check it out!

Reading at Stories & Beer, April 27th

A video of me reading from Reliquary at Stories & Beer last week: