Matthew Thorburn, who has two new poems coming out in PANK 3, recently won one of two Witter Bynner poetry fellowships from the Library of Congress. Matt is one of our favorite poets and one of the nicest guys on the face of the planet. Congratulations to him! Check out Matt’s Poet and the Poem audio webcast at http://www.loc.gov/poetry/poetpoem2.html.
Stolen straight from the LofC site: “Matthew Thorburn’s first book, Â Subject to Change Â (2004), was selected by Brenda Hillman for the New Issues Poetry Prize. He is the recipient of a 2008 Witter Bynner Fellowship from the Library of Congress, selected by Poet Laureate Charles Simic. His other honors include the Â Mississippi Review Â Prize, two Hopwood Awards from the University of Michigan, and the Belfast Poetry Festival’s inaugural Festivo Prize. His poems have appeared in Â The Paris Review, Poetry, Â Michigan Quarterly Review Â and other journals, and he has contributed book reviews to Â Boston Review, Â Rattle Â and Â Octopus. A graduate of the University of Michigan and the MFA program at The New School, Matthew Thorburn lives in New York City, where he works as the business development writer for an international law firm. He recently completed Â a new collection of poems, entitled Â Like Luck.”