Matthew Zapruder was born in 1967 in Washington, D.C. He received a B.A. from Amherst College, an M.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.F.A. in poetry from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Zapruderís first book, American Linden, was published by Tupelo Press in 2002 after winning the Tupelo Press Editorsí Prize. He is also the author of the poetry collections, The Pajamaist (Copper Canyon Press, 2006) and Come On All You Ghosts (Copper Canyon Press, 2010). His honors include the May Sarton poetry award from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.
About Zapruderís poems, Tony Hoagland has said, "Zapruder has not just a deft manner, but an inwardness which is sturdy and generous, a little reminiscent of the James Wright of quite a different era."
With Joshua Beckman, Zapruder co-edits Wave Books. He lives in San Francisco and teaches at Saint Maryís College of California.