NARLAN MATOS is a Brazilian-American poet, considered to be one the most important emerging Latin American poets.

Narlan was born in the small Brazilian town of Itaquara, Bahia, in 1975. At the age of 21, he published is first poetry book
Ladies and Gentleman: the Dawn!, which won the Jorge Amado House Foundation Award in 1997. His second poetry book, In the Campsite of the Shadows won his first national award: the XEROX Award for Brazilian Literature in 2000. In 2002, he participated of the University of Iowa International Writing Program, as guest of the State Department through the International Visitors Leadership Program.  His third book of original poems, Elegy to the New World (7 Letras Publishers) was nominated for the prestigious Portugal /Telecom International Award. Dr. Eleuterio Diaz, from the University of New Mexico, argued that this book has inaugurated a new Latin American avant-garde. A fourth book, O alaúde, a península e teus olhos negros (Penalux Publishers), was published in 2017.

Narlan participates actively in various international literary programs and festivals and is the recipient of numerous literary and artistic accolades. His poetry has been translated into multiple languages, including Slovenian, Italian, Croatian, Chinese, Vietnamese, Slovenian, English, Lithuanian, Japanese, Hindi, Swedish and Spanish, and he has published several books of translations. Legendary American poet Michael Palmer has translated two of his poems into English. In 2017, Narlan organized and led the first delegation of US Poets to Cuba.

Narlan holds a masters degree from the University of New Mexico and a PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Currently, he teaches at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.