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 among others.
Shenoda's debut collection of poems, Somewhere Else was named one of 2005's debut books of the year by Poets & Writers Magazine and is the winner of the inaugural Hala Maksoud Award for Emerging Voice, granted by RAWI, as well as 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 Associate Dean of the School of Fine and Performing Arts at Columbia College Chicago. He also serves as Director of Art and Ecology 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 has served on the Board of Directors of several arts and education organizations. He lives with his family in Chicago.