Upcoming Appearances


June 12-13, CANCELED
Matt is featured at the 24th annual Buffalo Commons Storytelling and Music Festival in McCook. Information coming soon at

June 16, 6:30-7:30pm,
Matt reads as part of an online event for Norfolk Public Library on Facebook Live. See details at the Facebook Event page:

July 1, 2-3:30pm
Matt runs a writing workshop via Zoom for the Omaha Public Library. More information soon.


Recent Appearances

Matt and Twyla Hansen read along with student contest winners at the Poetry Of Place ceremony in the Rotunda of State Capitol (1445 K St, Lincoln).

April 28, ONLINE at
Matt talks with Chris Sommerich of Humanities Nebraska as part of their Humanities At Home online series.

April 16, CANCELED
Matt reads at Chadron State College. More info TBA

April 16, 2pm
Matt reads at Western Nebraska Community College (1601 E 27th St, Scottsbluff). The reading was changed from in-person to virtual, watch it here:

March 18, CANCELED
Matt reads at the Chadron Public Library (507 Bordeaux St, Chadron).

March 18, CANCELED
Matt presents as part of a program for the Nebraska Writing Project at Agate Fossil Beds (301 River Rd, Harrison).

March 16, CANCELED
Matt reads at the Knight Museum and Sandhills Center, 908 Yellowstone Ave, Alliance. See more at the Facebook Event.

March 8, 1:30pm,
Matt emcees the Nebraska Poetry Out Loud Finals at the Sheldon Art Museum’s Abbott Auditorium (12th and R Streets, Lincoln). The Nebraska state champion will win a trip to Washington, DC, where they will compete with students from every state for over $50,000 in prizes. See details at:

March 4, 4pm,
Matt reads at the Dundy County Library (701 Chief St, Benkelman).

March 3, 7pm,
Matt reads as part of a program for the Buffalo Commons Storytelling Festival and Poetry Out Loud at Sehnert’s Bakery & Bieroc Cafe (312 Norris Ave, McCook).

March 2, 7pm
Matt reads at the Keene Library (1030 N Broad St, Fremont). See more at the Facebook Event.

February 27, 6:30pm,
Matt along with poets Ryan Boyland, Gina Keplinger, Fernando Montejano and Traci Schacht read new poems for Framing the Flame: Art That Ignites—an informal gallery walkthrough at the Joslyn Art Museum (2200 Dodge St, Omaha) designed to celebrate the personal response to a work of art, and shed light on art’s ability to inspire and engage. Space is limited, register here:

February 21, 1:30pm
Matt presents as part of the 2020 Nebraska State Literacy Association annual conference at the Younes Convention Center in Kearney. See more at

February 17, 7pm
Matt is the keynote speaker at the Nebraska Scholastic Writing Awards at Hastings College.

February 15, 2pm,
Matt reads as part of the Bemis Center’s Birds of a Feather event

February 14, 7-9pm,
Matt reads as part of the Valentine’s Day Fundraiser Event for Gallery 1516 (1516 Leavenworth, Omaha). An evening of chocolates by Chocolate Abeille accompanied by wine, a talk by chocolatier Tina Tweedy, music by violinist Olga Smola, and poetry. The $50/person ticket price for this event helps support Gallery 1516’s mission. Seating is limited. RSVP at:

January 14, 2020, 6:30pm
Matt reads at the Broken Bow Library (626 S D St, Broken Bow). See more information at the Facebook Event page:

December 10, 1-2pm
Matt reads with students at the Logan County Library (317 Main St, Stapleton).

December 4, 2019, 5:30-6:30pm
Matt reads at the Bone Creek Museum, 575 E St in David City.

November 17, 2019, TBA
Matt reads as part of the Strategic Air Command (SAC) & Aerospace Museum (28210 West Park Highway, Ashland) Author Expo. See for more information.

November 16, 2019, 7pm
Matt runs the Cultural Connect Poetry Slam at the First Street Brewery (119 N St. Joseph Ave, Hastings). The event is open to the Public and there will be cash prizes. Sponsored by the First Street Brewery and the Nebraska Writers Collective as part of the Hastings Cultural Festival.

November 14, 2019, 7pm
Matt reads at The Tassel Performing Arts Center in Holdrege, Nebraska. Find more information at

November 12, 2019, 6:30pm
Matt presents at the Jensen Memorial Library (443 N Kearney Ave, Minden).

November 10, 2019, 5-9pm
Matt reads as part of the Neihardt Foundation Laureate’s Feast at Metropolitan Community College’s Fort Omaha campus’ Swanson Conference Center (Building 22). See for tickets and info.

November 4, 2019, 6:30pm
Matt emcees for the Open Mic Poetry Night at the Council Bluffs Public Library (400 Willow Ave, Council Bluffs, IA). Share your work or listen to others. Coffee and tea will be served, free and open to the public.

October 30, 2019, 4pm
Matt reads as part of the Northeast Community College’s Visiting Writers Series (Norfolk, NE)

October 25, 2019, 6:30-10pm
Matt speaks for the 2019 NaNoWriMo Kickoff (yes, novel-writing, I’m like Creative Writing multilingual) at DJ’s Dugout Sports Bar (777 N 114th St, Omaha). See more at the Facebook Event Page.

October 24, 2019, 7pm
Matt reads at the Neligh Public Library (710 M St, Neligh, NE 68756).

October 19, 2019, 11-11:30am
Mister Rogers Poetry Storytime with Guest Reader Matt Mason at Barnes & Noble (7400 Dodge St, Omaha). Matt will read some selections from The Poetry of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. See more at the Facebook Event Page.

September 29, 2019, 2pm
Matt reads at the Decatur Museum (400 West 8th Street, 68020).

September 28, 2019, 7-9:30pm
Matt reads at the Gratitude Café Writer’s Night at the Gratitude Café & Bakery (1551 N. Cotner, Lincoln). The only prime time weekend writer’s night in town, with a featured reading, open mic and discussion for poets, novelists, and short story writers. (4th Saturday).

September 23, 2019, 7pm
Matt reads with Heidi Hermanson at the Prairie Brothers Front Porch Poetry Reading at the Frank Museum (University of Nebraska at Kearney, 2010 University Dr, Kearney).

September 22, 2019, 2pm
The Ames Reading in the Jane Pope Geske Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors, Bennett Martin Public Library (136 S. 14th St, Lincoln). Matt reads with the wonderful Stacey Waite.

September 14, 2019, 7-9pm
Matt reads at the Signal Poetry Festival in Ames, Iowa. See details at

September 13, 2019, 6pm
Matt is one of the hosts for the Omaha Lit Fest Opening Night Party at Wilson & Washburn (1407 Harney St, Omaha). See full details at:

September 6, 2019, 8pm
Matt reads at the San José Poetry Festival in San José, California along with Mighty Mike McGee, Jarvis Subia, and Janice Lobo Sapigao. See for information on the festival. This night’s event is free and open to the public.

August 23, 2019, 6-11pm
Matt reads as part of the Omaha Arts & Entertainment Awards 2019 Summer Showcase at the B Side of Benson (6058 Maple St, Omaha) along with poets Olivia Johnson, Zedeka Poindexter, Traci Schacht, and Ryan Boyland. Poetry is 6:30-7:30pm, music follows. See more at the Facebook Event.

August 22, 2019, 7:30pm
Matt reads along with Traci Schacht, Paula Bell and Zedeka Poindexter along with guitar phenom Hector Anchondo at the B Side of Benson (6058 Maple St, Omaha).

August 15, 2019, 6:30pm
Matt reads along with Clif Mason and Fernando Montejano as part of Bellevue’s Arrows to Aerospace at the Bellevue Library (1003 Lincoln Rd, Bellevue). See more at the Facebook Event Page.

August 8, 2019, 7pm
It’s 2 State Poets for the price of one at Postscript (1434 Silver St, Ashland) where Matt reads with our previous Nebraska State Poet, Twyla Hansen.

July 28, 2019, 2pm
Matt reads at the Colonial Acres Nursing Home in Humboldt, Nebraska as part of their 50 Year commemorative event. See more at:

July 27, 2019, 7pm
Matt reads at Tim and Deb Nolting’s, the corner of Maple and D in Bushnell, Nebraska.

July 26, 2019, 6:30pm
Matt reads at Laura Lee’s Double L Country Store and Cafe in Harrisburg, Nebraska.

July 25, 2019, TBA
Matt presents at a Nebraska Arts Council Conference in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. More info is coming at

July 5, 2019, 8pm
Matt reads in Davis, California at the John Natsoulas Gallery (521 1st St).

June 11, 2019, 7pm
Matt reads with Sarah McKinstry-Brown as part of the Imaginary Gardens Reading Series at Mr. Toad (1002 Howard St, Omaha). See more about the event at:

June 1st, 2019, 11am workshop, 12:45 reading
As part of the May 31-June 1 Nebraska Arts Council Statewide Arts Conference, Matt will lead a writing workshop at 11am and do a short reading at 12:45pm. For information on registering for the conference and other details, see:

May 23rd, 2019, 7pm
Matt emcees the Omaha Public Library Show & Tell StorySlam at The Sydney (5918 Maple St, Omaha). See more details at:

May 18th, 2019, 1pm
A reading on Healing the Divide: Poems of Kindness and Connection at Indigo Bridge Books (701 P St #102, Lincoln). A celebration of James Crews’ anthology of the same name, Matt reads with Crews as well as Marjorie Saiser and Pat Emile.

May 11th, 2019, 1pm and 3:30pm
1pm-Matt is Grand Marshal of the Florence Days Parade:
–3:30pm-Donuts and Poetry at the Florence Mill (9102 N 30th St, Omaha). Matt will read, donuts will be served! See more on the reading at the Facebook Event Page: