Farid Matuk

Associate Professor, English (Tenured)

A queer writer of Syrian and Peruvian heritage, Farid Matuk has lived in the U.S. since the age of six first as an undocumented person, then a “legal” resident, and now as a “naturalized" citizen. He is the author of the poetry collections This Isa Nice Neighborhood and The Real Horse, and of several chapbooks including My Daughter La Chola (Ahsahta). His work has been anthologized in The Best American Experimental Poetry and in Angels of the Americlypse: An Anthology of New Latin@ Writing, among others. Matuk's poems appear in The Baffler, The Nation, The Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, Poetry, Bomb Magazine, and Lana Turner Journal, among others. His essays can be found in venues including The Force of What's Possible: Writers on Accessibility and the Avant-Garde, The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind, The Boston Review, Entropy, Bomb, and Cross-Cultural Poetics. His work has been supported, most recently, by The Headlands Center for the Arts and by a Holloway Professorship in Poetry & Poetics at UC Berkeley. Matuk's book arts project, Redolent, made in collaboration with visual artist Nancy Friedemann-Sánchez, was published in 2022 by Singing Saw Press. He lives in Tucson with his partner, the writer Susan Briante, and with their daughter.