Roosevelt High School, Youth Poet Laureate Mentor, co-founder of Seattle Youth Poet Laureate Program
Matt Gano is author of Suits for the Swarm, a poetry collection from MoonPath Press, co-founder and writing mentor of the Seattle Youth Poet Laureate Program, and the principal bricklayer of Abbey Arts’ NEXT STAGE program. He is also a writer-in-residence for Writers in the Schools and a teaching artist for the Skagit River Poetry Foundation. Matt’s dynamic work has led to recent invitations as a panelist and featured poet for the Skagit River Poetry Festival (2018), instructor for WRITE Doe Bay, and faculty member for the LiTFUSE writer’s conference.
Matt is the voice and lyrical drive behind ENTENDRES a Seattle based hiphop project in collaboration with producer CRSCRL. He represented Seattle at the National Poetry Slam multiple years, is a former Seattle Grand-Slam champion, and has performed poetry across the United States touring nationally renowned venues, including NYC’s famous Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe. He has led creative writing residencies internationally at the Hong Kong School of Creativity, and in Seoul Korea for the Youth Creativity Summit.Matt’s poetry has appeared in City Arts Magazine, Drunk In a Midnight Choir,The Operating System Vol. 3., The Breadline anthology, Bestiary Magazine, and 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.”