William Matthews

William Matthews

1942 - 1997

William Matthews's poetry not only explores his interest in family, jazz, and basketball, but delves into the layers of human consciousness, natural cycles, and the American experience. Throughout his life, his poetry became more and more formal.

Photo: William Matthews, photo by Star Black


Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Matthews graduated with his B.A. from Yale and his M.A. from the University of North Carolina. Matthews's first collection of poetry to garner attention was Ruining the New Road: Poems, published in 1970, and he published prolifically after that volume.

Throughout his lifetime, Matthews taught at several universities, won many major awards and fellowships, and served as a member and chair of the Literature Panel of the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information, please visit the websites listed to the right.

--Christie Finn

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