Matthew Olzmann was born in Detroit. He received a BA from the University of Michigan–Dearborn and an MFA from Warren Wilson College. He is the author of Constellation Route (Alice James Books, 2022); Contradictions in the Design (Alice James Books, 2016); and Mezzanines (Alice James Books, 2013), winner of the 2011 Kundiman Poetry Prize.
Olzmann has received fellowships from the Kresge Arts Foundation and Kundiman, among others. He teaches at Dartmouth College and in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. He lives in Vermont.