Farid Matuk


Farid Matuk
Portrait of Farid Matuk
Portrait of Farid Matuk
OccupationPoet and educator
LanguageEnglish and Spanish
CitizenshipUnited States
Notable worksThis Isa Nice Neighborhood, My Daughter La Chola, The Real Horse
Notable awardsHonorable Mention in the 2011 and 2014 Arab American Book Awards, Ford Fellowship and Fulbright Fellowship

Farid Matuk is an American poet and educator, born to a Peruvian father and Syrian mother in Peru. He writes in both English and Spanish, and his Spanish translations have appeared in Kadar Koli, Translation Review, Mandorla, and Bombay Gin.[1] His poems have appeared in Denver Quarterly, Flag + Void, Iowa Review, and Poetry and abroad in White Wall Review (Canada), Critical Quarterly (UK), and Poem: International English Language Quarterly (UK). He is currently Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Arizona.[2] His book This Isa Nice Neighborhood (Letter Machine, 2010) was the recipient of an Honorable Mention in the 2011 Arab American Book Awards.[3] and was included in The Poetry Society of America's New American Poets series. My Daughter La Chola (Ahsata, 2013) received an Honorable Mention in the 2014 Arab American Book Awards[4]. My Daughter La Chola was also named among the best books of 2013 by The Volta and by The Poetry Foundation while selections from its pages have been anthologized in The Best American Experimental Poetry, 2014, The &Now Awards: The Best Innovative Writing Vol. 3, and in Angels of the Americlypse: An Anthology of New Latino@ Writing. He serves as poetry editor for Fence and on the editorial board for the Creative Writing Studies book series at Bloomsbury. Matuk is the recipient of both the Ford Fellowship and Fulbright Fellowship. The University of Arizona Press published his second full-length collection, The Real Horse, in 2018.[5]


Matuk, Farid (2006). Is It The King? Austin: Effing Press.

Matuk, Farid (2010). Riverside. Green River, Vt.: Longhouse.

Matuk, Farid (2010). This Isa Nice Neighborhood. Chicago: Letter Machine Editions.

Matuk, Farid (2013). My Daughter La Chola. Boise: Ahsahta Press.

Matuk, Farid (2018). The Real Horse. Tucson: The University of Arizona Press.


  1. ^ "Farid Matuk". www.poetryfoundation.org. Retrieved 2016-07-30.
  2. ^ "Farid Matuk | Department of English". english.arizona.edu. Retrieved 2016-07-30.
  3. ^ "2011 Arab American Book Award Winners". www.arabamericanmuseum.org. Retrieved 2016-07-30.
  4. ^ "2014 Arab American Book Award Winners". www.arabamericanmuseum.org. Retrieved 2016-07-30.
  5. ^ University of Arizona Press Website