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Poet Matthew Zapruder to Give Reading at Pomona College

Matthew Zapruder

Poet Matthew Zapruder will give a reading of his work on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 4:15 p.m. at Pomona College (Crookshank Hall Room 108, 140 W. Sixth St., Claremont).

His most recent collection, Come On All You Ghosts (2010), was selected as one of the year’s top five poetry books by Publishers Weekly, as well as the 2010 Booklist Editors’ Choice for poetry, the 2010 Goodreads Readers’ Choice selection for poetry and the 2010 Northern California Independent Booksellers Association poetry book of the year.

Booklist said of the book, “Zapruder’s poems are ordered by dream logic that melds the familiar with the mysterious. Yet as brain-teasing as his wonderfully strange yet exactly right imagery is, the formal elements of his poems are so liquid and magnetizing as to be invisible.”

Publishers Weekly wrote, “Zapruder's third collection of hip, quirkily haunting yet surprisingly earnest poems is his best and most beautiful. He spans the major genres—love poetry (“I admire/ and fear you, to me you are an abyss/ I cross towards you”), elegy (“I have been coasting,/ but from this forward Grace I vow/ I shall coast no more”), ode (“my friends ordered square burgers/ with mysterious holes leaking a delicious substance”), friendship tribute (“Dobby lives/ in Minnesota and seems basically happy”), to name a few—updating them for the 21st century.”

Zapruder’s other collections include, The Pajamaist (2006) and American Linden (2002). He collaborated with painter Chris Uphues on For You in Full Bloom (2009) and co-translated, with historian Radu Ioanid, Romanian poet Eugen Jebeleanu’s last collection, Secret Weapon: Selected Late Poems (2008).

His poems, essays and translations have appeared in The Harvard Review, The Paris Review, The New Republic, The Boston Review, The New Yorker, McSweeney’s and the Los Angeles Times.

Zapruder co-founded Verse Press, which later became Wave Books.

Zapruder’s honors include a Lannan Literary Fellowship and a 2008 May Sarton Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has taught at the New School; the University of California Riverside, Palm Desert; and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst’s Juniper Summer Writing Institute. 

For more information, email: nancy.jugan@pomona.edu.