Discipline: Literature – poetry

Matthew Lippman

Discipline: Literature – poetry
Region: Roslindale, MA
MacDowell Fellowships: 2024

Matthew Lippman is the author of seven poetry collections. His book Mesmerizingly Sadly Beautiful (Four Way Books 2020) was the recipient of the 2018 Levis Prize. His next collection, We Are Sleeping with Our Sneakers On, will be published by Four Way Books in 2024. Other titles include Salami Jew, American Chew, Monkey Bars, The New Year of Yellow, and A Little Gut Magic.

Lippman has won numerous awards for his writing including being a Michener Fellow, a New York State Foundation of the Arts Grant, the Kathryn A. Morton Poetry Prize, and The Jerome Shestak Poetry Prize from The American Poetry Review. He has done a TedX Talk titled "Music Can Save The World," as well as being featured on “All Things Considered” for his teaching of a love curriculum.

He has been an English teacher (high school and middle school) for 25 years. He also is the founder of two educational consulting business—BePoetry and College Essay Creatives.

At MacDowell, Lippman worked on a manuscript of poems about crying. Each poem is inspired by thoughts and quotations from other people on what crying means to them. Four poems from this collection can be found in the January/February 2024 issue of The American Poetry Review.



Matthew Lippman worked in the Schelling studio.

Marian MacDowell funded construction of this studio the year that the organization was established and the first artists arrived for residency. It was called Bark Studio until 1933, when it was renamed in honor of Ernest Schelling, a composer, pianist, and orchestral leader who served as president of what was then called the Edward MacDowell…

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