Farid Matuk was born in Peru to a Syrian mother and a Peruvian father, and has lived in the U.S. since the age of six. Matuk is the author of This Isa Nice Neighborhood (Letter Machine Editions, 2010), recipient of an honorable mention in the 2011 Arab American Book Award, finalist for the Norma Farber First Book Award, and chosen by Geoffrey G. O’Brien for recognition in the Poetry Society of America’s New American Poets series. He has also published the chapbooks Is it the King? (Effing, 2006), Riverside (Longhouse, 2011), and My Daughter La Chola (Ahsahta, 2013). His his translations from Spanish have appeared in Kadar Koli, Bombay Gin, Translation Review, and MandorlaHe is a contributor to Scubadivers and Chrysanthemums: Essays on the Poetry of Araki Yasusada (Shearsman, 2011), American Odysseys:  Writings by New Americans (Dalkey Archive, 2013).

Matuk currently serves as poetry editor for FENCE and contributing editor for The Volta. The recipient of Ford and Fulbright fellowships, Matuk earned an MFA from the Michener Center for Writers at University of Texas-Austin. He lives in Arizona.