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(November 11, 1942 - November 12, 1997 / Cincinnati, Ohio)

William Matthews
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an American poet and essayist.

Raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, Matthews earned a bachelor's degree from Yale University, and a master's from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

In addition to serving as a Writer-in-Residence at Boston's Emerson College, Matthews held various academic positions at institutions including Cornell University, the University of Washington (Seattle), the University of Colorado at Boulder, and the University of Iowa. He served as president of Associated Writing Programs and of the Poetry Society of America. At the time of his death he was a professor of English and director of the creative writing program at City College of New York ... more »

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  • Joseph Harlacher (2/11/2014 4:07:00 AM)

    I was sad to see you had passed on. I too coil like a snake ready to strike with the venom of tomorrow.

  • V P Mahur (2/11/2014 2:24:00 AM)

    I like the poem 'I Like'. lovely

  • Martin O'Neill (2/11/2012 5:18:00 AM)

    Just beautiful writing to gladden the soul from having read it. I would so have loved to have met him. The world is a poorer place without him.

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