Cleopatra Mathis was the 1982 Dartmouth Poet in Residence at The Frost Place. Read her poem “Dead Fox” here.
Born and raised in a Greek family in rural Ruston, Louisiana, Cleopatra Mathis received her BA from Southwest Texas State and her MFA from Columbia University. She is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including What to Tip the Boatman? (2001), which won the Jane Kenyon Award for Outstanding Book of Poems. Poet Carol Muske-Dukes praised the poems in White Sea (2005) as “bitter as salt and blinding as the light of revelation—clear, gem-bright, and relentless as waves.”