Matthew G. Frank
Matthew Gavin Frank was born and raised in Chicago. Bitten by the food, wine, and travel bug, he left home at age seventeen, embracing the vagabond lifestyle that often lent itself to work in the restaurant industry. He returned to academia and received his MFA in Poetry and Creative Nonfiction from Arizona State University. He taught creative writing to undergraduates in Phoenix, Arizona, and poetry to soldiers and their families near Fort Drum in upstate New York on the Canadian border.
Frank's new book, The Mad Feast: An Ecstatic Tour Through America's Food, is forthcoming November 2015 from W.W. Norton: Liveright. Frank is also the author of Preparing the Ghost: An Essay Concerning the Giant Squid and Its First Photographer (W.W. Norton: Liveright), Barolo (The University of Nebraska Press), a food memoir based on his illegal work in the Italian wine industry, and Pot Farm (The University of Nebraska Press / Bison Books), about his time working on a medical marijuana farm in Northern California. His poetry collection, The Morrow Plots, is available from Black Lawrence Press/Dzanc Books. His poetry book, Sagittarius Agitprop is available from Black Lawrence Press/Dzanc Books. His poetry book, Warranty in Zulu is available from Barrow Street Press. He is also the author of the chapbooks Four Hours to Mpumalanga (Pudding House Publications), a poetry sequence about his initial visit to his wife's homeland in rural South Africa, and Aardvark (West Town Press), a poetry sequence that strangely engages the alphabet.
Frank is the recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship, an Artist's Grant to the Vermont Studio Center, the Sonoran Prize for Poetry, and numerous grants from the Virginia G. Piper Center for the Creative Arts. Presently, he teaches Creative Writing at Grand Valley State University in Michigan.
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