"An urbane, surrealist-influenced, lexically ingenious whip-smartness shot through with a beating-heart desire."
Stewart Cole, reviewing Sumptuary Laws on The Urge
"Reading the book, I kept having flashes of Wallace Stevens and John Ashbery: there’s a similar nonchalant brio at work here and, above all, the same loopy delight in words."
Sumptuary Laws in the National Post
"vibrant and full of fun extravagance in language, akin to a brilliant and wildly eccentric classmate"
Winnie Khaw, The Philadelphia Review of Books
"Matuk has a deep command of language and is unafraid to draw from all its resources to represent the tangible happenstances of our object heart."
Catherine Owen, on Marrow Reviews
rob mclennan reviews Sumptuary Laws
Sumptuary Laws has been shortlisted for the 2013 League of Canadian Poets' Gerald Lampert Award, and poems were nominated for the Walrus Poetry Prize.
Judges' citation for the Gerald Lampert Award.
A "must read" book at CBC Books.
September 16, 2012
Plasticine Reading Series, Toronto
October 15, 2012
Launch of Best Canadian Poetry in English 2012, edited by Carmine Starnino
Revival Bar, Toronto 8 p.m.
October 28, 2012
Plan 99 / Ottawa International Writers Festival, Ottawa
November 8, 2012
An Evening of Signal Poetry with Pierre Nepveu, Nyla Matuk, and Susan Glickman
Drawn and Quarterly Bookstore, 211 Bernard St. W., Montreal 7 p.m.
November 9, 2012
Montreal launch of Best Canadian Poetry in English 2012, edited by Carmine Starnino
Argo Bookshop, 1915 rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest, Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
November 29, 2012
The (Not So) Nice Italian Girls and Friends November Reading
Q Space, 382 College Street, Toronto 7:30 p.m.
December 6, 2012
December 13, 2012
Robson Reading Series, Vancouver
January 16, 2013
Pivot Reading Series, Toronto
February 22, 2013
Featured Reading #14 with Jacob Wren, Nyla Matuk and Joel-Asa Miller
Argo Bookshop, 1915 rue Ste-Catherine Ouest, Montreal
March 4, 2013
Rowers' Pub Reading Series with Carmine Starnino, Nyla Matuk,
Karleen Pendleton Jimenez and Andrew J. Borkowski
Victory Cafe, Toronto
March 26, 2013
Art Bar, Toronto
May 28, 2013
Word for Word Poetry with Tightrope Books
Bryant Park Reading Room, New York 7 p.m.
September 23, 2013
Readings at the Common with Nyla Matuk, Mike Sauvé and Caitlin Laura Galway
The Common, 1071 College Street, Toronto 8 pm
November 13, 2013
A Cross-Border Evening of Poetry with Eduardo C. Corral, Jim Johnstone and Nyla Matuk
Argo Bookshop. 1915 rue Ste-Catherine Ouest, Montreal, 7 pm