Matthew Rohrer

Matthew Rohrer was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in 1970 and raised in Oklahoma. He earned a BA from the University of Michigan, where he won a Hopwood Award for Poetry, and an MFA in poetry from the University of Iowa.

Rohrer’s poetry collections are Army of Giants (Wave Books, 2024); The Sky Contains the Plans (Wave Books, 2020); The Others (Wave Books, 2017), which was the winner of the 2017 Believer Book Award; Surrounded by Friends (Wave Books, 2015); Destroyer and Preserver (Wave Books, 2011); A Plate of Chicken (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2009); Rise Up (Wave Books, 2007); A Green Light (Verse Press, 2004); Satellite (Wave Books, 2001); and A Hummock in the Malookas (W. W. Norton, 1995), which was selected by Mary Oliver for the 1994 National Poetry Series. With Joshua Beckman, he is the coauthor of Nice Hat. Thanks. (Verse Press, 2002) and the audio CD Adventures While Preaching the Gospel of Beauty.

Rohrer lives in Brooklyn, New York, and teaches at New York University.