Weaving narratives of ancient and contemporary Egypt while exploring ecological shifts of the Nile Valley, Matthew Shenoda is a voice at the crossroads of the African continent and its diasporas. Amiri Baraka says, "Matthew Shenoda's poetry will open your mind to another world that exists inside and outside of your own." Winner of the 2006 American Book Award for his debut collection, Somewhere Else, Shenoda is a younger poet with his eyes set on the larger issues of history, politics, and culture.
Matthew Shenoda lives in Los Angeles, California. He is on the faculty of the MFA program at Goddard College.
About the Author
Matthew Shenoda's first book, Somewhere Else (Coffee House Press), was named a 2005 debut book of the year by Poets & Writers, winner of the Hala Maksoud Award for Emerging Voice, and 2006 American Book Award. A Faculty member of the MFA Program at Goddard College, Shenoda has taught extensively in the fields of Ethnic Studies, Literature and Creative Writing.