Professional Overview: 

Matthew Zapruder is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Come On All You Ghosts (Copper Canyon 2010), a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and Sun Bear, Copper Canyon 2014. A book of prose, Why Poetry, is forthcoming from Ecco/Harper Collins in August, 2017. His poems, essays and translations have appeared in many publications, including Bomb, Slate, Tin House, Paris Review, The New Republic, The New Yorker, The Believer, The Los Angeles Times and Real Simple. He has received a 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship, a William Carlos Williams Award, a May Sarton Award from the Academy of American Arts and Sciences, and a Lannan Foundation Residency Fellowship in Marfa, TX. An Associate Professor in the Saint Mary's College of California MFA program and English Department, he is also Editor at Large at Wave Books. Currently, he is the editor of the Poetry Page for the New York Times Magazine. He lives with his wife and son in Oakland, CA.

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Contact Information: 

Dante Hall - 322

Office Hours - Fall 2016
Thursdays 2-4:00
and by appointment

Email: mjz4@stmarys-ca.edu


M.F.A. in Poetry, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1999

M.A. in Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of California, Berkeley, 1994

B.A. in Russian Literature, Amherst College, Massachusetts, 1989

Professional Experience

Saint Mary’s College of California, Associate Professor, Fall 2013 - Present

Saint Mary’s College of California, Guest Faculty, Spring 2013

UCR-Palm Desert Low Residency MFA, Assistant Adjunct Professor, Fall 2008 - Present

Holloway Lecturer in the Practice of Poetry, UC-Berkeley, Fall 2010

Saint Mary’s College of California, Distinguished Writer in Residence, Spring 2010

Visiting Professor, University of Houston, MFA, Fall 2008

Visiting Professor, New York University, MFA Creative Writing, Spring 2008

Permanent Graduate Faculty, The New School MFA in Creative Writing, 2005 – 2009

Editor, Poetry Page, New York Times Magazine, March 2016-March 2017

Editor-at-Large, Wave Books, 2005 – present. 

Founder and Publisher, Verse Press, 1999 – 2005

Co-curator, KGB Monday Night Poetry Reading Series, 2004 – 2008.


Why Poetry, Ecco/Harper Collins, 2017

Sun Bear, Copper Canyon Press, 2014

Come on All You Ghosts, Copper Canyon Press, 2010

Secret Weapon: The Selected Late Poems of Eugen Jebeleanu, Coffee House, 2008

The Pajamaist, Copper Canyon Press, 2006

American Linden, Tupelo Press, 2002


Over 150 individual poems have appeared in many publications, including the following: Paris Review, San Francisco Chronicle, Poetry London, The Believer, Poetry, The New Yorker, T (Sunday New York Times Style Magazine Supplement), American Poetry Review, Real Simple, McSweeney’s, The New Republic, Boston Review, Open City, Bomb, Tin House, Narrative, Slate, International Poetry Review, American Poet, Columbia Poetry Review, jubilat, Explosion Proof, Bat City Review, New York Quarterly, A Public Space, Massachusetts Review, Zyzzyva, Volt, Forklift:Ohio, Painted Bride Quarterly, Free Inquiry, Alaska Quarterly Review, Fence, Electronic Poetry Review, Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art, LIT, The Harvard Review, William and Mary Review, Poetry Daily, Conduit, Cutbank.

Honors, Awards & Grants


2011 Guggenheim Fellowship

2010 Holloway Fellowship in Poetry, University of California at Berkeley

2007 Lannan Foundation Writer in Residence, Marfa, Texas

2005 Artist in Residence, California Institute of the Arts

2003 James Merrill Writer in Residence, Stonington, CT.


2010 New York Times Notable Book of the Year

2010 Booklist/American Library Association Editors Choice for Poetry

2010 Northern California Independent Booksellers Award for Poetry

2010 Believer Magazine Readers Choice for Poetry

2010 Goodreads Readers' Choice Selection for Poetry

2008 May Sarton Award, American Academy of Arts and Sciences

2007 William Carlos Williams Award, Poetry Society of America

2002 Tupelo Press Editors' Prize