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LOL with Alum Poet

Matthew Lippman '85 returned to campus Thursday, March 6 to give a reading of his poems from his new book “The New Year of Yellow.”

“[Lippman’s] work is empowered by verbal gusto, a faith in the joy of saying,” writes Tony Hoagland in “Yellow's” forward.

Lippman's poetry has appeared in various literary journals, including the American Poetry Review, Indiana Review, The Literary Review, Massachusetts Review Seneca Review and Black Warrior Review.

At HWS, he majored in psychology and minored in English. He holds a Masters in English Education from Columbia University and is a graduate of the University of Iowa with an MFA in Poetry.

His poem “Hallelujah Terrible” was included in The Best American Poetry 1997. In addition to receiving the James Michener/Paul Engle Prize for Poetry from the University of Iowa, Lippman received the Honorable Mention Award for his poem “Thataboy” in the Los Angeles Poetry Competition.
He has also been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

He has taught at Columbia University, the University of Iowa, Westchester Community College and currently teaches poetry at the Gotham Writers Workshop in Manhattan. Lippman also teaches English and creative writing at Roslyn High School on Long Island and has twice won an award from Adelphi University for “Excellence in the Teaching of Poetry to High School Students.”

“With poems like 'Everyone Wants a Monkey,' 'It Is Time for Me to Start Making Love to Joni Mitchell' and 'Surf Buddha,'” writes Sarabande Books, Lippman’s publisher, “it's not easy to know what to expect of Lippman, but one thing is for sure—you're going to laugh. Out Loud.”

The reading, sponsored by the Writers Reading Lecture Series, the Provost's Office, the Seneca Review and the English Department, was held at 7:30 p.m. in the Geneva Room.