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Matthew Shenoda

Matthew Shenoda received a BA from Oregon State University in 1999 and an MFA from the University of Arizona in 2001.

He is the author of three poetry collections: Tahrir Suite: Poems (TriQuarterly Books, 2014), winner of an Arab American Book Award; Seasons of Lotus, Seasons of Bone (BOA Editions, 2009); and Somewhere Else (Coffee House Press, 2005), which received an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. With Kwame Dawes, he also coedited Bearden’s Odyssey: Poets Respond to the Art of Romare Bearden (TriQuarterly Books, 2017).

Of Seasons of Lotus, Seasons of Bone, Rigoberto González writes, “No poet exercises the healing powers of poetry like Shenoda, whose verse reads like prayer, incantation—the soothing words of hope to mend a damaged world.”

Shenoda is a founding editor of the African Poetry Book Fund, and was the Poem-a-Day Guest Editor in May 2018. He is vice president of social equity and inclusion and professor of literary arts and studies at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). He lives in Rhode Island.


Tahrir Suite: Poems (TriQuarterly Books, 2014)
Seasons of Lotus, Seasons of Bone (BOA Editions, 2009)
Somewhere Else (Coffee House Press, 2005)

Matthew Shenoda
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