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Matthew Minicucci

Matthew Minicucci

Instructor

Education

  • MFA, Creative Writing, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2010
  • BA, Classical Languages and Literature, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 2004

Bio

Matthew Minicucci grew up in Massachusetts and received his MFA in Poetry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His teaching interests include poetics and prosody, classical allusions in contemporary poetry, ekphrastic poetry and prose, 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 a number of journals including The Believer, POETRY, The Southern Review, and the Virginia Quarterly 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. His second full-length collection, Small Gods (New Issues), won the 2019 Stafford/Hall Oregon Book Award in Poetry.

Publications

Books

  • Small Gods. New Issues, 2017.
  • Translation. Kent State University Press, 2015.

Chapbooks

  • Accents Publishing, 2013.

Selected Journal Publications (Poems)

  • “A Primer on Listening for Bird Species in Lady Bird Johnson Grove.” APR (forthcoming)
  • “Tourists Touching Hawksbill Turtles in Punalu‘u, HI.” The Gettysburg Review (forthcoming)
  • (shield),” “(anvil).POETRY 215, no. 6 (March 2020): 551-552.
  • “Reading Eliot on a Boat in Elliott Bay, WA,” “A Love Poem w/Coqui Frogs in the Rainforests of Volcano, HI.” Quarterly West 99, (Spring 2020).
  • “The Andromeda Strain.” Zocalo Public Square (Feb. 2020).
  • “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” “The Abyss.” wildness 20 (Summer 2019).
  • “Chorus (St. John’s, OR).” The Southern Review 55, no. 1 (Winter 2019): 87.
  • “Get Out.” The Believer 15, no. 2 (Apr. 2018): 101.
  • “Diagram of the Human Ear.” Alaska Quarterly Review 34, no. 3/4 (Winter 2018): 244–45.
  • “Gattaca” and “Forbidden Planet.” Pleiades 38, no. 1 (Mar. 2018): 42–43.
  • “Children of Men” and “Sunshine.” Poetry Northwest (2017).
  • “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and “Primer.” #NPM17. Barrelhouse, 11 Apr. 2017.
  • “An Old Man, Full of Days.” Virginia Quarterly Review 93, no. 2 (Spring 2017): 15.
  • “Blade Runner” and “10 Cloverfield Lane.” Horsethief 12 (Spring 2017).
  • “Alien.” DIAGRAM 16, no. 6 (Winter 2017): http://thediagram.com/16_6.
  • Upsilon.” Tuesday: An Art Project 13 (Fall 2016): n.p.
  • “Midnight Special” and “Gravity.” Tupelo Quarterly 10 (2016).
  • Beta,” “Epsilon,” “Nu,” “Sigma,” “Phi,” and “Omega.” Poor Claudia (Fall 2016).
  • Omicron.” Southern Indiana Review 23, no. 1 (Summer 2016): 31.
  • Kappa.” New Flash Fiction Review (Summer 2016).
  • Chi.” Prodigal 2 (Summer 2016): 24.
  • Gamma” and “Iota.” The Gettysburg Review 29, no. 2 (Summer 2016): 186–87.
  • “Paul’s Letter to the Thessalonians (1)” and “Lamentations.” West Branch 81 (Summer 2016): 71–72.
  • “Philemon.” Cumberland River Review 4, no. 4 (Fall 2015).
  • “Paul’s Letter to the Romans” and “Paul’s Letter to the Corinthians.” Third Coast 40/41 (Fall 2015): 118–19.
  • “Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians” and “Paul’s Letter to the Thessalonians (2).” 32 Poems 13, no. 2 (Fall 2015): 22–23.
  • Eta” and “Theta.” Quarterly West 86 (Fall 2015).
  • “to flense.” The Adroit Journal 12 (Summer 2015).
  • “Paul’s Letter to the Corinthians (2).” Cumberland River Review 4, no. 3 (Summer 2015).
  • “Brief Song of the Almost-Lost” and “Goat.” Blackbird 14, no. 1 (Spring 2015).
  • “Hector.” Green Mountains Review Online (Spring 2015)
  • “Turtle.” Green Mountains Review 28, no. 1 (Spring 2015): 165.
  • Passeri.” The Massachusetts Review 56, no. 1 (Spring 2015): 137–3
  • Lemma.” The Mid-American Review 35, no. 1 (Winter 2014/2015): 112.
  • “What we’re talking about here” and “Book Twenty-Five.” The Kenyon Review (Winter 2014/2015).
  • “three…[by] seasons implored” The Southern Review 50, no. 4 (Fall 2014): 574.
  • “Homily (2).” Confrontation 115 (Spring 2014): 183.
  • “Squid.” The Cincinnati Review 11, no. 1 (Summer 2014): 19.
  • “Route 24, Limon, CO” and “Leptothyphlopidae, Manitou Springs, CO.” RHINO (Fall 2014): 80–8
  • “Hawk,” “Panther,” and “Speak and let the Serpent crawl out.” The Literary Review 56, no. 3 (Fall 2014): 143–4
  • Mu,” “Zeta,” and “Proof.” HOBART (Summer 2013).
  • “Polycarp” and “John of Patmos.” The Journal 37, no. 3 (Summer 2013): 75–
  • Tau” and “Delta.” West Branch Wired (Fall 2013).
  • Rho.” Cumberland River Review 2, no. 2 (Spring 2013).
  • Via Maris.” West Branch 72 (Winter 2013): 56.
  • “Patroclus,” Cream City Review 36, no. 2 (Winter 2013): 62–6
  • “Route 24, Calhan, CO,” “Route 24, Matheson, CO,” and “Homily (1).” The Gettysburg Review 25, no. 4 (Winter 2012): 524–
  • “Crassus.” Salamander (Winter 2012/2013): 169–
  • Lambda.” Hayden’s Ferry Review 51 (Fall 2012): 26.
  • “Priam” and “Quarter.” Crazyhorse 82 (Fall 2012): 40–4
  • “Icarus” and “Daedalus.” Passages North 34 (Fall 2012): 290–9
  • “Epithet.” Copper Nickel 17 (Spring 2012): 25–2
  • “Sarpedon,” The Southern Review 47, no. 1 (Spring 2011): 99–
  • “No Epithets,” Mid-American Review 31, no. 1 (Spring 2011) 1–
  • “Moth” and “Palinode: Turbulence.” Quiddity 3, no. 2 (Fall 2010): 32–33, 37–3
  • “Lobster” and “What’s New, What’s Left.” Copper Nickel 14 (Fall 2010): 183–8
  • “That I carried the Aeneid . . .” and “Trojan Women.” Copper Nickel 12 (Fall 2009): 6–

Selected Journal Publications (Nonfiction)

  • “On Disappointment.” Quiddity 11 (2018): 125–
  • “The Orphan and the Oxbow.” Oregon Humanities Review, (Summer 2017): 35–3
  • “On Carpentry.” The Gettysburg Review 30, no. 2 (2017): 299–303.
  • “How to Insert a PICC Line in the Subjunctive Mood.” Passages North 38 (2017): 83–97.

Awards

Prizes

  • Hall/Stafford Oregon Book Award in Poetry (2019)
  • Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize (2014)

Fellowships

  • James Merrill House, Stonington, CT (2020)
  • Dartmouth Poet-in-Residence, Frost House/Dartmouth College (2019)
  • Hamilton Bailey Oregon Literary Fellowship in Poetry, Literary Arts (2018)
  • Stanley P. Young Fellowship in Poetry, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference (2016)

Artist-in-Residence

  • Willapa Bay AiR, Oysterville, WA (2019)
  • John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, National Park Service, Kimberly, OR (2018/2019)

Editorial Experience

Ninth Letter

  • Advisory Board member, 2018 –
  • Online Editor-in-Chief, Summer 2014, Winter 2014, Winter 2015
  • Assistant Poetry Editor, Spring 2009
  • Editorial Assistant, Fall 2007–Spring 2011
  • AWP Conference Representative, Spring 2008–Spring 2016

Camas

  • Senior Faculty Advisor, Fall 2019 – Spring 2020

Silk Road Review: A Literary Crossroads

  • Senior Poetry Editor, Fall 2016 – Spring 2020
  • Senior Nonfiction Editor, Fall 2017–18

Bluestem Magazine

  • Assistant Poetry Editor, Spring 2015

Portal Del Sol

  • Managing Editor, December 2010 –April 2012