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Spoken Word Artist
Dan has shared the stage with former US Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner Ted Kooser and Pulitzer Prize winner Yosef Komunyakaa. Performing in over 30 states Dan has read his work at venues such as Brown University, the University of Maryland, the University of California-Berkeley, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Creighton University, and the State University of New York at Oneonta. From 8/08 to 8 /09 he served as Co-Director for Denver Minor Disturbance Youth Poetry. His work has garnered acceptance into MFA programs at Sarah Lawrence, NYU, and the University of Glasgow.
Poet, Spoken Word Artist
Matt Mason has won a Pushcart Prize and 2 Nebraska Book Awards (for Poetry in 2007 and Anthology in 2006); was a Finalist for the position of Nebraska State Poet in 2013; has organized and run poetry programming with the U.S. Department of State in Nepal, Botswana, and Belarus; and been on 5 teams at the National Poetry Slam. He edits PoetryMenu.com, a listing of every Nebraska poetry event. He is Executive Director of the Nebraska Writers Collective, a former board president of the Nebraska Center for the Book, and has served as the Nebraska State Coordinator for Poetry Out Loud, a Poetry Foundation/NEA program. Through the Nebraska Writers Collective, Matt has run the Louder Than a Bomb: Omaha Youth Poetry Festival each spring since 2011. His website is matt.midverse.com.
I am a retired university professor and author of the poetry collection, Comfort in Small Rooms. Individual poems from this collection won the 2008 Robert Cohn Prose Poetry Award, appeared in Best New Poets 2009, are included in the online anthology, In the Heydays of His Eyes, and have been read by Garrison Keillor on The Writer’s Almanac. Other poems have appeared in The Bellingham Review, The Atlanta Review, The New Guard, Aesthetica, Naugatuck River Review, The Mom Egg Review and Memoir.