Matthew Shenoda is a writer, professor, and author and editor of several books. His poetry collections include The Way of the Earth (Northwestern University Press, 2022); Tahrir Suite (Northwestern University Press, 2014), winner of the Arab American Book Award; Seasons of Lotus, Seasons of Bone (BOA Editions Ltd., 2009); and Somewhere Else (Coffee House Press, 2005), which was named one of 2005's debut books of the year by Poets & Writers Magazine and won a 2006 American Book Award.
He also was editor of Duppy Conqueror: New & Selected Poems by Kwame Dawes; and, with Kwame Dawes, editor of Bearden's Odyssey: Poets Respond to the Art of Romare Bearden (Northwestern University Press, 2017).
For nearly a decade, Shenoda taught at The College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University. Currently he is Professor and Chair of the Department of Literary Arts and affiliated faculty in Africana Studies and the Brown Arts Institute at Brown University. Additionally, Shenoda is a founding editor of the African Poetry Book Fund and both the African Poetry book series and On African Poetry book series.