A queer writer of mixed Syrian and Peruvian heritage, Farid Matuk has lived in the U.S. since the age of six as an undocumented person, a “legal” resident, and a naturalized citizen. He is the author of the poetry collections This Is a Nice Neighborhood (Letter Machine) and The Real Horse (University of Arizona Press), and of several chapbooks including My Daughter La Chola (Ahsahta). Matuk's poems and translations from Spanish appear in journals such as The Baffler, Gulf Coast, The Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, Poetry, and Lana Turner Journal. Matuk serves as poetry editor at FENCE and on the editorial board for the book series Research in Creative Writing at Bloomsbury. Matuk’s work has been supported, most recently, by residencies and grants from The Headlands Center for the Arts and The Lannan Foundation.
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