A relative newcomer to the New York poetry scene, Matt Pasca has quickly made his mark as a writer to watch. His honest, beautifully-crafted first collection A Thousand Doors (2011, JB Stillwater) was nominated for the 2012 Pushcart Prize in Poetry and his poem "Receiving Line" won the 2012 Great Neck Poetry Prize. His poem “6,000 Rounds off the Internet” recently won 2nd place in The Georgetown Review’s2013 Poetry Contest. Matt's poems have also appeared in The Long Island Quarterly, The Pedestal Magazine, New Mirage Journal, VoxPoetica, Red River Review, String Poet Journal, Generations, WestWard Quarterly, and six print anthologies.
After earning a BA in English from Cornell and an MAT in English from Stony Brook, Pasca signed on at Bay Shore High School in 1997, where he has since taught Creative Writing, Mythology and both AP and IB English. In 2003, Matt was named New York State Teacher of Excellence and he advises The Writers’ Block, named Most Outstanding High School Literary-Art Magazine for both 2010 and 2011 by the American Scholastic Press Association.
Matt maintains a steady performance itinerary, serves as a reviewer and workshop coordinator for the Long Island Authors Group, and runs writing workshops himself at conferences and colleges. Most importantly, Pasca is the very proud husband of Director/Performer/Writer/Social Worker/Motivational Speaker Terri Muuss and indefatigable gingers Rainer and Atticus, pint-sized political correspondents for The Ellen Show.
Publications and Prizes
A Thousand Doors (Casa De Snapdragon Publishing Company, 2011)
English Journal, Generations, Georgetown Review, Kestrel, Long Island Quarterly, New Mirage Journal, Pedestal Magazine, Poetrybay, Red River Review, String Poet, vox poetica, Weave Magazine, Westward Quarterly
2012 Great Neck Poetry Prize
2013 Georgetown Review Poetry Prize (Runner-up)
2012 Pushcart Prize for Poetry Nominee