Matthew Minicucci, RACC Grant Recipient

Join us in hearing from Matthew Minicucci’s new book of poetry, EPODE, which examines the soundscapes of the American West through the lens and structure of a Greek tragedy. Support and funding for this project have been provided by an Individual Artistic Focus Grant by the Portland Regional Arts and Cultures Council, and the 2018 C. Hamilton Bailey Oregon Literary Fellowship from Literary Arts.

Matthew Minicucci is the author of two collections of poetry: Small Gods, finalist for the 2016 Green Rose Prize from New Issues Press, and Translation (Kent State University Press, 2015), chosen by Jane Hirshfield for the 2014 Wick Poetry Prize. His poetry and essays have appeared in or are forthcoming from numerous journals including the Alaska Quarterly Review, The Believer, the Gettysburg Review, Oregon Humanities, The Southern Review, and the Virginia Quarterly Review. He is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including the 2018 C. Hamilton Bailey Oregon Literary Fellowship and the Stanley P. Young Fellowship in Poetry from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. This past summer, he served as Artist-in-Residence at the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument.

Poets Justin Boening and Matthew Minicucci

It’s a special event with poets Justin Boening (visiting) and Matthew Minicucci (local). Justin’s book (Not on the Last Day, But on the Very Last) features “mothers masquerading as witches and sepulchral bellhops who reveal themselves to be fathers.” What more do we need to know? Matthew Minicucci’s book Translation won the 2014 Wick Poetry Prize and his poems have been called “deeply original and profoundly moving.” You don’t want to miss this evening!