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Farid Matuk is a faculty member in the University of Arizona's Department of English and the author of the recent poetry collection "The Real Horse." He is also the author of "This Isa Nice Neighborhood" and several chapbooks, including "My Daughter La Chola" and "Don't Call It Reginald Denny."
"This Isa Nice Neighborhood" was awarded an Honorable Mention in the 2011 Arab American Book Awards, was named a finalist for the Norma Farber First Book Award by the Poetry Society of America and was chosen by Geoffrey G. O’Brien for inclusion in the Poetry Society of America’s New American Poets series. The Volta and The Poetry Foundation named "My Daughter La Chola" among the best books of 2013.