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matthew carey salyer



'knotted, gnarled, yet at times recklessly tender, [his work] is, as we are, tied alive and writhing to the page.'

the swailing

'formally agile and wildly musical - read[s] like a record of what happens when a voice is turned inward ... only to erupt in a lexicon, style, and poetry all its own.'

I Know Your Kind

'full of kinetic wit, muscular diction, virtuosic syntax, and impeccable timing. I know of no poet who can deliver an idea and an expletive as deftly, as elegantly ... shouldering and attending to the burden of grace.'

JOHN HENNESSY, Bridge and Tunnel

In The Press



Matthew Carey Salyer writes and works. He is an associate professor at West Point, where he has been on military or civilian faculties since 2015. He has taught or designed courses on writing, literature, and cultural geographies at several universities and organizations. From 2021-2023, he directed first-year writing at West Point. He holds a doctorate from the University of Connecticut and is completing a graduate program in medieval studies at Fordham.

Author of two books and a pamphlet, his award-winning work has been published widely in the US, UK, and Ireland. Most recently, he was a finalist for the Brittingham & Felix Pollak Prizes, Iowa Review Prize, and Michael Waters Poetry Prize. He writes regularly for Forbes. On most weekends & holidays, he works as a bouncer in The Bronx, where he raises his family & his family raises him. 

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