Beverly Matherne

Internationally Acclaimed Poet

Background

Beverly Matherne, born in River Cajun Country just west of New Orleans, grew up with the rich oral literature and music of the area: Cajun, country western, blues, and jazz. From writing in French to performing blues poetry, these influences have shaped her work.

She is the author of six bilingual books consisting of free verse, prose poetry, short stories, and blues poems, the latter in book and CD format. Her newest title, Bayou des Acadiens / Blind River, a hybrid in part poetry and part prose, is from Éditions Perce-Neige, 2015. A literary translator as well, she has translated poetry by two-time US Poet Laureate Stanley Kunitz into French and poetry by Charles Baudelaire and Arthur Rimbaud into English.

Beverly has published widely in magazines, reviews, and anthologies in both English and French. Her latest publication appears in Universal Oneness: An Anthology of Magnum Opus Poems from Around the World. Consisting of 360 poems by 360 poets from 60 countries, the collection was published by Authors Press in New Delhi, India, in 2020. Beverly has won seven first place prizes in poetry, including the Hackney Literary Award, and has done over 350 readings and performances in the United States, Canada, France, and elsewhere in Europe.

Emeritus Professor of English at Northern Michigan University, she taught creative writing, directed the Master of Fine Arts Program in English, directed the Visiting Writers Series, and served as poetry editor of nationally acclaimed Passages North literary magazine.

Currently, Beverly is completing her seventh book of poetry and restoring her Victorian home, the historic Butler House, in Ishpeming, Michigan.