Next Letter in the Mail: Matthew Siegel


Our next Letter in the Mail is from award-winning poet Matthew Siegel! Matthew writes to us about the importance of taking emotional risks, of being kind to oneself, and of allowing ourselves to make meaning.

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Matthew Siegel is the author of Blood Work, winner of the Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry from University of Wisconsin-Madison and a finalist for the Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection from the Forward Arts Foundation in the UK. Siegel’s poems and essays have appeared in the Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day, Cincinnati ReviewThe Guardian, PBS NewsHourSan Francisco ChronicleTin House, and elsewhere. A former Wallace Stegner fellow at Stanford University, Siegel received an MFA from the University of Houston. He currently is a Professor of Humanities and Sciences at San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He lives with his dog Franny (@san_franny) in San Francisco’s Sunset District.


Photograph of Matthew Siegel by Danny Bittiker.