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Life Of A Poet, Matthew Zapruder at Hill Center

Event date: 
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
The Hill Center
921 Pennsylvania Avenue SE Washington, DC 20003



*This event is at The Hill Center. Reservations are required, and more info is available over on their site.*


Join Ron Charles, the fiction editor of The Washington Post, for an in-depth discussion with critically acclaimed poet Matthew Zapruder. The Life of a Poet series offers a rare opportunity to consider a writer’s entire career and explore the major events that have shaped their work.  Readings from the work are interspersed throughout the conversation. A book signing will follow.

Poet and editor Matthew Zapruder was born in Washington, DC.

Zapruder’s poems employ nuanced, conversational syntax to engage themes of grief, perception and logic. As Dana Jennings noted in the New York Times, Zapruder has a “razor eye for the remnants and revenants of modern culture.” He is the author of several collections of poetry, including Sun Bear (2014), Come On All You Ghosts (2010), The Pajamaist (2006), and American Linden (2002). Why Poetry, a book of prose about reading poetry for a general audience, was released from Ecco/Harper Collins this year.

Zapruder’s honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Lannan Foundation Residency Fellowship, the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America, and the May Sarton Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

He lives in Oakland, where he is an associate professor in the Saint Mary’s College of California MFA Program in Creative Writing, as well as editor at large for Wave Books. He is also a guitarist in the rock band The Figments.

Ron Charles is the editor of The Washington Post’s Book World section. For several years, he also edited The Post’s “Poet’s Choice” column in Book World. His reviews have won the National Book Critics Circle Award for best criticism and 1st place for Arts & Entertainment Commentary from the Society for Features Journalism. Washingtonian Magazine named him as one of the 40 people who shaped DC in 2010.

This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required.



Why Poetry Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062343079
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Published: Ecco - August 15th, 2017

American Linden Cover Image
ISBN: 9780971031098
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Published: Tupelo Press - April 8th, 2011

The Pajamaist Cover Image
ISBN: 9781556592447
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - September 1st, 2006

Sun Bear Cover Image
ISBN: 9781556594632
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Copper Canyon Press - March 25th, 2014