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2017 Conference on Poetry and Teaching Faculty: Matthew Lippman

Matthew Lippman

Matthew Lippman is the author of 4 poetry collections — The New Year of Yellow, Monkey Bars, Salami Jew, and American Chew. His poetry has won numerous awards and distinctions. He was the 1991 recipient of a James Michener/Paul Engle Poetry Fellowship from The University of Iowa.  In 2005, he was notified, within days of one another, that his first manuscript, The New Year of Yellow, had won both the Kathryn A. Morton Poetry Prize from Sarabande Books (chosen by Tony Hoagland), and AWP’s Award Series (chosen by Ha Jin). The book was published by Sarabande in 2007 and was a finalist for The Patterson Poetry Prize that same year. In 2011,  he was awarded the Jerome J. Shestack Poetry from The American Poetry Review. In 2013, his third collection, American Chew, won The Burnside Review/Press Book Prize. In 2014, his poetry was awarded both the Georgetown Review Literary Magazine Prize and an Anna Davidson Rosenberg Prize. For the past 20 years his work has been consistently published in the top literary magazines in America. He has forthcoming publications in Ploughshares, The American Poetry Review, The Literary Review, and Green Mountains Review.

Matthew’s day job involves teaching poetry to high school students. He has been teaching poetry for over 21 years both in public and private institutions as he is committed to infusing the world of young people with the beauty, power, and entertainment that lives in poetry. He is frequently asked to participate in readings across the country. Most recently, he read at Johnson State College, Grolier Poetry Book Shop, and The University of Riverside where he was a participant in The Writers’ Week symposium. He has been on numerous panels at AWP — most recently a talk on “The Poetry of Alan Dugan.” In 2015, he was the Final Judge for Ploughshares Emerging Writers Series. In the last few years he has become increasingly interested in the power of poetry as a way to build bridges between folks across race, sexual identity, age, religion, and class. In 2015 his essay “Shut Up And Be Black” on race and poetics was published in the anthology A Sense Of Regard (University of Georgia Press). Lippman is also quite interested in bringing the work of other poets to a larger audience and is frequently asked to write reviews and blog posts about other poets. In the past 2 years, he has written for The New England Review on Jay Nebel, for Ploughshares on Elizabeth Powell, and for Tavern Books Half-Pint series (curated by Matthew Dickman) on Valerie Bandura. Championing the work of others, on a national level, is as important to him as having his own work published.

Read “Iceland” by Matthew Lippman

Date: January 26, 2017