Matthew Nienow lives in Port Townsend, Washington with his wife and two sons, where he builds boats and custom wooden paddle boards. His poems have appeared in Best New Poets (2007 and 2012), New England Review and Poetry, which awarded him a 2013 Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship. He has also received fellowships, grants and support from the National Endowment for the Arts (2011 Fellowship), the Elizabeth George Foundation, Artist Trust of Washington State, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and 4Culture of Seattle.
"So much of sobriety is just sitting around and waiting until you are allowed to go to sleep, and start over again, especially early on. But everything in this book is 100% emotionally true to my experience."
Read the interview with Kaveh Akbar about his chapbook, PORTRAIT OF AN ALCOHOLIC, where he speaks about experiences with addiction, how poetry has helped him, and the influence his words have had on others.
Look for his forthcoming full length title, CALLING A WOLF A WOLF, this September. ...