About the Author:
Matthew Shenoda is a writer and educator whose poems and writings have appeared in a variety of newspapers, journals, radio programs and anthologies. He has been twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize and his work has been supported by the California Arts Council and the Lannan Foundation.
He is the author of Somewhere Else, which was named one of 2005′s debut books of the year by Poets & Writers and is the winner of the inaugural Hala Maksoud Award for Emerging Voice, granted by RAWI, and a 2006 American Book Award. His latest collection is Seasons of Lotus, Seasons of Bone.
Shenoda lectures widely and has taught extensively in the fields of ethnic studies and creative writing. Currently he is Assistant Provost for Equity & Diversity and Professor in the School of Critical Studies at California Institute of the Arts. He also serves as Director of Poetry for the Planet at the Institute for Sustainable Economic, Educational, and Environmental Design in Oakland, CA, where he is developing a curricular initiative that uses poetics as a framework to teach global sustainability issues to urban youth. Additionally, Shenoda serves on the Board of Directors of the Social and Public Art Resource Center and is an Advisory Member of the Board of the International Society of Black Latinos. He lives with his family in Los Angeles.