Nyla Matuk is the author of Sumptuary Laws (2012), nominated for the League of Canadian Poets’ Gerald Lampert Award for a best first book of poetry in Canada, and also a chapbook of poems, Oneiric  (2009). Sumptuary Laws was named a National Post best book of poetry in 2012 and a ‘must-read’ book of poetry at CBC Books. Matuk received a Yaddo fellowship in 2014 and held the 2015 Reynolds Atelier Visiting Artist at McGill University. Her poems have appeared recently in PN Review, The Fiddlehead, Prelude, and the New Poetries VI  anthology published by Carcanet Press in 2015. Poems have also appeared in other journals and magazines in Canada, the U.S., and the U.K. Another collection of poems, Stranger, will be published in 2016.

She holds a B.A. and an M.A. in English from McGill University with a thesis on the political philosopher Charles Taylor's theory of art and moral sources, and has pursued additional graduate-level studies in political theory.