Matthew Minicucci, an English professor at the University of Portland, is the winner of the 2019 Oregon Book Awards Stafford/Hall Prize for Poetry for his collection titled Small Gods.

Minicucci is the author of two collections of poetry: Small Gods, also a finalist for the 2016 Green Rose Prize from New Issues Press, and Translation (Kent State University Press, 2015), chosen by Jane Hirshfield for the 2014 Wick Poetry Prize.

He is currently working on his third book, Epode, a hybrid-genre examination of the soundscapes of the American West. He earned a master of fine arts from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and a bachelor of arts from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.