Matt's Web Site: http://www.mattgano.com
Matt Gano is a native of Washington State. He grew up eating dust east of the Cascades. He has been writing and teaching professionally since 2004. In 2011, he was invited to lecture as a guest speaker for The Juilliard School in NYC and performed as a featured poet for “Page Meets Stage,” at the Bowery Poetry Club. In 2009, he was Writer-in-Residence at the Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity in Hong Kong and led creative writing workshops the previous year for the Youth Creativity Summit in Seoul, Korea. He has represented Seattle at the National Poetry Slam multiple years and is the 2008 Seattle Grand-Slam champion. Matt has worked as a national slam team coach and workshop instructor for Youth Speaks and is currently a senior Artist-in-Residence with Seattle Arts and Lectures, Writers in the Schools. His previously published work includes chapbooks: Up From the Mine, Bones For The Builder, Music Maker, Welcome Home, I Eight the Infinite and Art Barker. A poetry LP entitled Music Maker, and a live recording entitled A Giant’s Pulse.
Poem from Suits For the Swarm
My love for my brother came with cuts. Thin gashes on our shins chasing grasshoppers through tumbleweed. We’d herd them through cheat-grass, ceremoniously remove them from the collection jar, one at a time and spike them on our porch. It kept them stunned. We tore legs from torsos, made them torpedoes, meals for our goldfish, and for praying mantis we picked from the lavender. In the dead of July, summer lays the day down late, and we stay up, until the Dipper appears.