It is here on this ridge exposed to the orange dusk of mountain autumn that the story begins. Buck wood for the stove feel the heat of shoulder to tendon greet the mule deer and water the garden again. In rhythm, with song when the ax begins to blend with wind carry on to warmer days on the river’s
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. He currently teaches at Columbia College Chicago, where he also serves as a dean and an advisor to the college’s president. He lives in Evanston, Illinois.
Tahrir Suite: Poems (TriQuarterly Books, 2014)
Seasons of Lotus, Seasons of Bone (BOA Editions, 2009)
Somewhere Else (Coffee House Press, 2005)