Matuk, Farid

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Matuk, Farid Gender: M
Emilio Farid Matuk Castro
born on 29 October 1955 at 06:10 (= 06:10 AM )
Place Lima, Peru, 12s03, 77w03
Timezone -05 h5w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 05°15' s_mo.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 11°17 Asc.s_scocol.18.gif 13°24'

Farid Matuk (2017)
photo: ASU Department of English, license cc-by-2.0


American poet and educator, born to a Peruvian father and Syrian mother in Peru, he writes in both English and Spanish. He is currently Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Arizona.

His Spanish translations have appeared in Kadar Koli, Translation Review, Mandorla, and Bombay Gin. His poems have appeared in Denver Quarterly, Flag + Void, Iowa Review, and Poetry and abroad in White Wall Review (Canada), Critical Quarterly (UK), and Poem: International English Language Quarterly (UK).

His book This Isa Nice Neighborhood (Letter Machine, 2010) was the recipient of an Honorable Mention in the 2011 Arab American Book Awards and was included in The Poetry Society of America's New American Poets series. My Daughter La Chola (Ahsata, 2013) received an Honorable Mention in the 2014 Arab American Book Awards. My Daughter La Chola was also named among the best books of 2013 by The Volta and by The Poetry Foundation while selections from its pages have been anthologized in The Best American Experimental Poetry, 2014, The &Now Awards: The Best Innovative Writing Vol. 3, and in Angels of the Americlypse: An Anthology of New Latino@ Writing.

He serves as poetry editor for Fence and on the editorial board for the Creative Writing Studies book series at Bloomsbury. Matuk is the recipient of both the Ford Fellowship and Fulbright Fellowship. The University of Arizona Press published his second full-length collection The Real Horse in 2018.

Link to Wikipedia biography

Source Notes

Birth certificate in hand from Sy Scholfield, copy on file. Matuk is his mother's name.


  • Lifestyle : Financial : Gain - Grant, Scholarship, etc. (Ford and Fulbright Fellowships)
  • Lifestyle : Home : Expatriate
  • Vocation : Education : Teacher (Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing)
  • Vocation : Writers : Poet
  • Vocation : Writers : Publisher/ Editor
  • Vocation : Writers : Translator