"An urbane, surrealist-influenced, lexically ingenious whip-smartness shot through with a beating-heart desire."
Stewart Cole, reviewing Sumptuary Laws on The Urge  

"Collisions of language and metaphor are so daring, the jumps between image and image so precipitous."
Lorraine York, Canadian Literature

"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."
Susan Glickman

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

"Witty and metaphysically inventive"
David Wheatley, Harriet blog, Poetry magazine

rob mclennan reviews Sumptuary Laws

Sumptuary Laws was shortlisted for the 2013 League of Canadian Poets' Gerald Lampert Award. Jury citation: "Her phrasal rhythm is impeccable and her mastery of style, whether lyric, surreal or conceptual, is apparent ... introducing a stunning new voice in Canadian poetry."

Poems were nominated for the Walrus Poetry Prize.

A "must read" book at CBC Books.

New poems in New Poetries VI (Carcanet Press, 2015)

Featured on The Best American Poetry blog

Poems at Representative Poetry Online 

Oneiric, a chapbook of poems

Sumptuary Laws (Fall 2012)

Readings and events

September 17, 2015
Carcanet Press launches New Poetries VI with Brandon Courtney, J. Kates, Nyla Matuk, and André Naffis-Sahely
Berl’s Poetry bookshop, 126A Front Street, Brooklyn (D.U.M.B.O.)
7:00 pm

June 3, 2015
Résonance Reading Series
Résonance Café, 5175A avenue du Parc, Montreal
9:00 pm

March 13, 2015
2015 Reynolds Atelier Visiting Artist, McGill University
reading (open to the public)
McGill University Arts Building, Room 160, Montreal
3:00-5:00 pm

March 12, 2015
2015 Reynolds Atelier Visiting Artist, McGill University
“On Writing,” a conversation: Nyla Matuk and novelist Anita Badami
3475 Peel St., Room 101, Montreal
2:00-4:30 pm

March 5, 2015
Echolocation Reading Series
Massey College, University of Toronto
4 Devonshire Place, Toronto, 8:00 p.m.

November 29, 2014
Yearly Finale Poetry Salon at the Urban Gallery
400 Queen St. East, Toronto, 3-5 pm

Oct. 2 to Nov. 5, 2014

September 6, 2014
High Park Reading Festival, High Park Area #25, Toronto
Full schedule of readings.

May 14, 2014
Best Canadian Poetry in English Reading Series #2
at Windup Bird Café
with Nyla Matuk, Jacob MacArthur Mooney, Anita Lahey and Jim Nason
382 College Street, Toronto, 6:30 pm

April 15, 2014
Bryant Park Word for Word Poetry, in partnership with Tightrope Books
Kinokuniya Bookstore, 1073 Avenue of the Americas, New York, 6:00 pm

March 27, 2014
Atwater Poetry Project: Nyla Matuk and Chris Jennings
1200 Atwater Ave., Montreal. 7:00 pm

February 18, 2014
An Evening of Canadian Poetry at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation, with Sheri Benning, Richard Greene and Nyla Matuk
Engine House, Chorlton Mill, 3 Cambridge Street, Manchester, U.K., 6:30 p.m

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

September 23, 2013
Readings at the Common with Nyla Matuk, Mike Sauvé and Caitlin Laura Galway
The Common, 1071 College Street, Toronto 8 pm

May 28, 2013
Word for Word Poetry with Tightrope Books
Bryant Park Reading Room, New York 7 p.m.

March 26, 2013
Art Bar, Toronto

March 4, 2013
Rowers' Pub Reading Series with Carmine Starnino, Nyla Matuk, 
Karleen Pendleton Jimenez and Andrew J.  Borkowski
Victory Cafe, Toronto

February 22, 2013
Featured Reading #14 with Jacob Wren, Nyla Matuk and Joel-Asa Miller
Argo Bookshop, 1915 rue Ste-Catherine Ouest, Montreal

January 16, 2013
Pivot Reading Series, Toronto

December 13, 2012
Robson Reading Series, Vancouver

December 6, 2012
Livewords, Toronto

November 29, 2012
The (Not So) Nice Italian Girls and Friends November Reading
Q Space, 382 College Street, Toronto 7:30 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 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.

October 28, 2012
Plan 99 / Ottawa International Writers Festival, Ottawa

October 15, 2012
Launch of Best Canadian Poetry in English 2012, edited by Carmine Starnino 
Revival Bar, Toronto 8 p.m.

September 16, 2012
Plasticine Reading Series, Toronto