Matt and his wife Sarah have performed at over 100 venues from the Nebraska Book Festival and the Western Literature Association’s Annual Conference to the National Poetry Slam and colleges, high schools, and libraries. Their shows consist of original poetry by one or both poets delivered in an engaging and entertaining style. If you or your audience thinks poetry isn’t interesting, you haven’t hired Matt or Sarah yet.
“Mason and McKinstry-Brown’s reading selections, and those of the talented writers they engaged, were perfectly sculpted to suit a college crowd. With tonal variation that traveled from low lulls to breathless highs, they created images that moved the audience from somber emotional explorations to riotous laughter.” –Susie Severson, Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha
Sarah and Matt have led writing and performing workshops as well as teacher in-services about teaching poetry to students, teaching workshops at several dozen universities and high schools. Matt teaches residencies through the Nebraska Arts Council’s Artists in the Schools/Communities program.
“The creativity, talent, commitment and persons of the poets who performed for us made poetry cool to the kids and made it relevant to the MTV generation. Some students are now going to poetry slams outside of school. I highly recommend to any instructor to invest some time in Matt Mason, Sarah, and their fellow poets because the dividends to students are enormous.” –Bob Nikunen, English Instructor, Bellevue West High School
We work on a sliding scale to accommodate nearly any budget. Fees are negotiable for classes at your school and/or assemblies and evening events for half day, full day, 2-5 day, and longer performances/workshops/residencies.
For week-long residencies in Nebraska, Matt is on the Nebraska Arts Council’s Artists in the Schools/Communities directory so you may be eligible for a grant to help cover fees. Matt and Sarah are also on the Arts Council’s Touring Program listing.
Questions? Contact us. We’d love to hear from you.