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Matthew Olzmann’s first book of poems, Mezzanines, was selected for the Kundiman Prize. His second book, Contradictions in the Design, is forthcoming from Alice James Books in November, 2016. He’s received scholarships and fellowships from Kundiman, the Kresge Arts Foundation and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Best American Poetry, Kenyon Review, New England Review, Necessary Fiction, Brevity, Southern Review and elsewhere. From 2009-2016, he was an editor of The Collagist, an online magazine of poetry, fiction and nonfiction from Dzanc Books.
He has taught writing to students of all levels, from third graders to graduate students to retired professionals. From 2002-2012, he was a writer-in-residence for the InsideOut Literary Arts Project, a nonprofit organization that places professional writers in Detroit Public Schools to teach creative writing. There, he was worked in elementary, middle and high schools, and led an afterschool workshop for teenage writers throughout the city. He has also taught at Oakland Community College and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Currently, he teaches in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College and at Dartmouth College.