May 7, 2023: Matthew Olzmann

“Conceived as the assembled contents of a mail carrier’s pouch, the intimate and affecting third book by Olzmann presents the poet as sender, receiver, and courier. … In language at once direct and artful, Olzmann memorably explores the question of how one might speak across the gulfs dividing humankind.” —Publishers Weekly

“In his third poetry collection, Constellation Route, Matthew Olzmann writes fiercely and unsparingly about the human knack for anger and destruction. His poems respond to the chaos and ugliness of the Trump era and its aftermath, as well as to the ecological devastation that is becoming humanity’s legacy.” —Harvard Review

Matthew Olzmann“In 2022, Olzmann’s is a voice that we need to hear—one that neither coddles the reader nor refuses to name its mounting frustrations.” —The Adroit Journal

Matthew Olzmann is the author of three collections of poems from Alice James Books: Mezzanines, which was selected for the Kundiman Prize, Contradictions in the Design, and Constellation Route.  His writing has appeared in Best American Poetry, Kenyon Review, New England Review, Brevity and elsewhere. He’s been awarded fellowships from the Kresge Arts Foundation, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the MacDowell Colony. Currently, he teaches at Dartmouth College and in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.