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Airea Dee Matthews a Poetry Finalist for L.A. Times Book Awards

March 5, 2024
The book cover of Bread and Circus

Associate Professor and Co-Chair of Creative Writing Airea Dee Matthews is a poetry finalist for her book of poems Bread and Circus.

The book by Matthews, Philadelphia's 2022鈥2023 poet laureate, is an autobiographical collection of poems about the economics of class and was described as "discerning and significant" by the Poetry Foundation. 

The finalists for the awards were chosen by a panel of writers from that genre. The awards ceremony will take place on April 19, on the eve of the L.A. Times Festival of Books. 

 was published in 2023 by Simon & Schuster. Matthews' first collection of poems is the critically acclaimed Simulacra, which won the 2016 Yale Series of Younger Poets Award. Her work has appeared in Harper鈥檚 Bazaar, Poetry, The New York TimesBest American Poets, and elsewhere. Matthews holds a BA in economics from the University of Pennsylvania as well as an MFA from the Helen Zell Writers鈥 Program and an MPA from the Gerald Ford School of Public Policy, both at the University of Michigan. She is also a Pew Fellow. 

 

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