Matthew Shenoda

Matthew Shenoda

Matthew Shenoda earned his BA from Oregon State University and MFA from the University of Arizona. Former assistant provost for equity and diversity and faculty member in the School of Critical Studies at the California Institute of the Arts, Shenoda currently serves as interim chair in the Creative Writing Department and associate professor in the School of Fine & Performing Arts at Columbia College Chicago. He is on the editorial board of the African Poetry Book Series and lives in Chicago with his family. He is the son of Coptic Christians, and in his work, he explores diasporic identity and pan-Arabism.

What People are Saying

"Poetry Out Loud has taught me not to give up after one mistake. Or two mistakes. Or a few mistakes. It has taught me not to sell myself short, but also to love every unique perspective I come across. People, like poetry, cannot be read once and immediately
understood."
Addi Garner
2017 WA POL Champion