Matthew Rana

Matthew Rana (1981/US) is the author of Ardour: Poems from the Daud (Nion Editions, 2022). His writing has appeared in e-flux Criticism, Jacket2, OEI, and The Poetry Project Newsletter, among others, and he is a regular contributor to Kunstkritikk and Frieze. Currently a PhD candidate at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, he lives and works in Stockholm.


matthewrana [at] gmail [dot] com


9 September 2023: Poesimässan, Stockholm (SE)


Ardour: Poems from the Daud (Nion Editions, 2022); available via Small Press Distribution


World of Yum-Yum: On Studying Hunger, The Poetry Project Newsletter, No.272

Poetry’s best-kept secret – in conversation with Matthew Rana on the cinematic work of poet Bernadette Mayer, Metropolis M

The Cinema of Bernadette Mayer, Symposium of the Network for New York School Studies, 20 April 2022, Université Gustave Eiffel (Paris, FR)

G R G W R G R B R B R B W G W G R B B B B, on Bernadette Mayer’s Studying Hunger Journals (Station Hill Press, 2011). Jacket2

From Memory to Reproduction: The Cinema of Bernadette Mayer, NICA Institute


9 June 2023: Bernadette Mayer Round Table, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam (NL)

8 June 2023: this poem's got no parents, Perdu, Amsterdam (NL)

Un-Settling Art Criticism, interview with David Garneau. Kunstkritikk

In the Wait, review of Becoming, Tarik Kiswanson at Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm (SE), 26 April 2023–18 June 2023. Kunstkritikk

29 April 2023: Ardour: Poems from the Daud, Anti, Malmö (SE)

Hate the Game, review of Somalitown, Salad Hilowle at Cecilia Hillström Gallery, Stockholm (SE), 30 March 2023–6 May 2023. Kunstkritikk

21 March 2023: Chateaux Presents: Matthew Rana & Nion Editions, Fabelbar, Stockholm (SE)

Dance Revolution? review of Portrait of a Movement, Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorenz, curated by Övül Durmuşoğlu for Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm (SE), 18 March 2023–20 August 2023. Kunstkritikk

Forget Rilke, review of Third Eye Butterfly, curated by Cathrin Mayer for Mint, Stockholm (SE), 1 December 2022–18 February 2023. Kunstkritikk

Mara Lee's Monstrous Demand, review of Loving Others, Othering Love: On a Few Tropes and Emotions that Shape the Image of the Stranger, Mara Lee (Praun & Guermouche, 2022). Kunstkritikk

The Politics of Bad Neighbours, review of Houses to Die In and Other Essays on Art, Ina Blom (Sternberg Press, 2022). Kunstkritikk

Was Nancy Holt a Feminist or a Mystic? review of Inside Outside, Nancy Holt at Bildmuseet, Umeå (SE), 17 June 2022–29 January 2023. Frieze

The Phantasmic World of Lap-See Lam, review of Dreamers' Quay, Dreamers' Key, Lap-See Lam at Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm (SE), 9 February–3 April 2022. Frieze

Bad Contemporaneity, interview with Sianne Ngai. Kunstkritikk