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Two Big Publications


I’m honored to have poems in a pair of great anthologies released this spring. One celebrates 20 years of The Backwaters Press and the other celebrates 150 years of Nebraska Poetry so, yeah, it’s kind of cool.


Nebraska Poetry: A Sesquicentennial Anthology, 1867-2017

The first anthology of its scope, Nebraska Poetry encompasses 150 years of the state’s literary history, featuring 80-plus poets and more than 180 poems. This landmark collection includes poems by authors best known for their prose—like Willa Cather, Loren Eiseley, and Tillie Olsen—as well as some remarkable but relatively forgotten writers from the late nineteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries. Among the contemporary writers, it includes poets of Nebraska’s renowned “second renaissance” along with a rich array of younger writers who are redefining what poetry from and about the state might represent. A broadly inclusive as well as diverse anthology, Nebraska Poetry celebrates the state’s brilliant contribution not only to Great Plains literature but to the broader traditions of American letters.


Watching the Perseids: The Backwaters Press Twentieth Anniversary Anthology

Watching the Perseids: The Backwaters Press Twentieth Anniversary Anthology features poems from BWP’s authors from the past 20 years. This anthology commemorates The Backwaters Press’s 20 years as a nonprofit literary publisher located in Omaha, Nebraska. Virtually every poet published by the press in its first two decades is represented here with two new, previously unpublished poems selected specifically for this volume.

Alumni News for Santa Clara University


In Alumni News

A nice article is fresh out from Santa Clara University, my undergrad, about me and poetry:–events/stories/matt-mason-90-champion-of-expression-through-poetry.html

Workshop on the Prairie with Sarah McKinstry-Brown and me!


Sarah and I are running a workshop near Lincoln at the Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center April 23rd (which is ALSO “Talk Like Shakespeare Day,” in case you were wondering). Sarah will lead a workshop for adults while I work with kids, followed by a reading on the prairie.

words4birds 2017 flyer


See more information at:

Shows this week in Boston (Cambridge, really) and Reykjavik


We hit the road this week, featuring at the Cantab Lounge in Cambridge, one of the famed homes of poetry slam on June 1st. The show starts at 8pm and I’m up about 10. More details are at:



Then on June 4th, I feature along with my wife Sarah and Icelandic poets Kristian Guttersen and Sigurbjörg Sæmundsdóttir in Reykjavik at Kaffislippur Café (Hotel Marina – Mýrargata 2 Reykjavik) at 4:30pm. The reading’s title is Poetry and Parenthood as the reading has 2 married couples, parents, all with books published. See full details at:

Romania Recap


Matt in Romania for a State Department Poetry Program October 16-29, 2015

RomaniaMatt was in Romania for programs in Bucharest, Craiova, and Drobeta Turnu Severin, working with high school and college students on poetry writing and performance, leading to a poetry slam at the end of each city’s visit. This is the 4th State Department program he’s run, though he’s been lucky to have had help the previous 2 trips by some amazing poets, coaches, and organizers. Read about it in the October 13th Omaha World-Herald:

And here is an article from the Romania-Insider’s Daily News section:

American poet comes to Romania to teach students slam poetry

One Last Poem On Indiefeed


I’m honored to have a poem up on the final month of the fantastic Indiefeed performance poetry podcast! “I Want To Hear Some Poems” is now up at:

For those who don’t know, Indiefeed has been up for ten years, showcasing great podcasts centered on one poem by the best out there in spoken word poetry, featuring poems from poetry slams, cowboy poetry events, foreign events, and more. Check out my poem, of course, but stick around and find plenty of great reasons to keep clicking links.

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