Matt Mason

Omaha, NE 68112

Author's Bio

Matt Mason is the Nebraska State Poet. He runs poetry programming for the State Department, working in Nepal, Romania, Botswana and Belarus. He is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize for his poem “Notes For My Daughter Against Chasing Storms” and his work can be found in numerous magazines and anthologies, including Ted Kooser’s American Life in Poetry. The author of Things We Don’t Know We Don’t Know (The Backwaters Press, 2006) and The Baby That Ate Cincinnati (Stephen F. Austin University Press, 2013), he serves as Executive Director of the Nebraska Writers Collective. Matt is based out of Omaha with his wife, the poet Sarah McKinstry-Brown, and daughters Sophia and Lucia.

Publications and Prizes

The Baby That Ate Cincinnati
(Stephen F. Austin State University Press, 2013)
, Things We Don't Know We Don't Know
(Backwaters Press, 2006)
Nebraska Presence
(Backwaters Press, 2007)
, Slamma Lamma Ding Dong: An Anthology of Nebraska's Slam Poets
(iUniverse, 2005)
, The Pushcart Prize XXXVII: Best of the Small Presses (2013 Edition)
(Pushcart Press, 2013)
, The Spoken Word Revolution Redux
(Sourcebooks, 2007)
Mistranslating Neruda
(New Michigan Press, 2002)
, When The Bough Breaks
(Lone Willow Press, 2005)
Bronx Club in Minsk, Belarus
, House of Music, Kathmandu
, Maitisong Festival, Botswana, National Poetry Slam, Albuquerque
, National Poetry Slam, Austin
, National Poetry Slam, Chicago
, National Poetry Slam, Minneapolis
, National Poetry Slam, Oakland, Omaha Healing Arts Center Poetry Slam
, The Green Mill, Chicago
Prizes Won: 
2019 Nebraska State Poet 2013 Pushcart Prize 2007 Nebraska Book Award for Poetry 2006 Nebraska Book Award for Anthology, Verse Daily Poem of the Day, March 14, 2003 Akron Art Museum, New Words 2002 Poetry Contest award poem, April, 2002, “Whale Sighting” poem, March 5, 2002 Bulkhead, Poetry Competition Honorable Mention Best Poem, May, 2001 Mad Poets Review, 2000 Poetry Competition Judges Choice Award, October, 2000 Literal Latté, 5th Annual Literal Latté Poetry Award Honorable Mention, Volume 5 #5, September-October, 1999 Plainsongs, Award Poem, September, 1999 Literal Latté, “Rosemary and Rhyme” Food Verse Contest 1st Place, Volume 5 #2, March-April 1999 1994 C.T. Wright Award for Poetry from the University of California-Davis and the Academy of American Poets The Lyric College Contest, Honorable Mention, Spring 1990 The Lyric College Contest, Honorable Mention, Spring 1989

Personal Favorites

Favorite Authors: 
Keats, Duhamel, Abdurraqib, Frost, Smith (Patricia), and many, many more.

More Information

Listed as: 
Poet, Spoken Word Artist
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Identifies as: 
Scotch-Irish American
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Born in: 
Omaha, NE
Raised in: 
Omaha, NE
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Last updated: Jan 14, 2019