Matt Mason & Sarah McKinstry-Brown
9712 N 34th Street ~ Omaha, NE 68112
Phone: 402/453-5711
E-Mail: mtmason@gmail.com

Poems by
Sarah McKinstry-Brown

Poems by
Matt Mason

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about Matt & Sarah

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Matt & Sarah

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01/30/05 Omaha World-Herald
article (front page of Living)
about Matt and Sarah

Poets Matt Mason and Sarah McKinstry-Brown have been recognized for their achievements both on the page and on the stage with their work appearing in standardized tests, National Poetry Slam anthologies, on city buses and bus benches, and in literary journals. Matt and Sarah can put on fantastic events more entertaining than you expect poetry to be and more poetic than you expect entertainment to be for your students/communities whether you're looking for a show, an educational workshop, or both.


News:

Sarah was awarded her MFA and also had her first full-length manuscript selected for publication by Blue Light Press (Fall, 2010)

Matt was appointed Executive Director of the non-profit Nebraska Writers Collective in October of 2009

Matt's "Poet's Prayer" appeared on IndieFeed, Performance Poetry show number 484 at: performancepoetry.indiefeed.com.

Matt read, ran a poetry slam, and gave talks in Minsk, Belarus to students, librarians, and others as part of the U.S. Department of State Bureau of International Information Programs Speaker/Specialist exchange program December 7-14, 2008. Despite tense relations between our goverments, he was received warmly at state universities and libraries. You can see a little bit of the video from the show Right Here.

Sarah's poem "You Are Dangerous" and Matt's poem "The Baby That Ate Cincinnati" appear on IndieFeed, Performance Poetry shows 419 and 418 at: performancepoetry.indiefeed.com/ or subscribe via iTunes.

Matt Mason's Things We Don't Know We Don't Know was announced as winner of the 2007 Nebraska Book Award for Poetry (as well as winning the award for Cover Design).

McKinstry-Brown's CD, Transplant, is now out! 8 tracks, great musicians, order now.

Both Matt and Sarah have poems in Spoken Word Revolution Redux, from Mark Eleveld, editor of The Spoken Word Revolution, the top-selling book on the spoken word poetry movement.

Slamma Lamma Ding Dong: an Anthology of Nebraska's Slam Poets, co-edited by Mason, won the 2006 Nebraska Book Award for Best Anthology.

Mason's book, Things We Don't Know We Don't Know, reached #12 on the Poetry Foundation's May 28, 2006 Contemporary Poetry Best Sellers list.

Workshops

Between them, they have taught writing workshops and performed for high schools and junior highs in Omaha; Minsk, Belarus; Albuquerque; Chico, CA; Holdrege, Ralston, Bellevue, Lincoln, Ashland, La Vista, South Sioux City, and Cambridge, Nebraska; Council Bluffs, Iowa; libraries in Omaha and Council Bluffs; and much more. They've taught courses, workshops and/or performed at Bellevue University, Briar Cliff University, the University of California at Davis, Creighton University, Iowa State University, Metro Community College, Midland Lutheran College, Mills College, Morningside College, the University of Nebraska at Omaha, the University of South Dakota, Wayne State College, Minsk State Linguistic University, and others.

Background

Matt and Sarah base themselves out of Omaha, Nebraska: Matt with an MA from the University of California at Davis and Sarah with an MFA from the University of Nebraska and a Creative Writing BA from the University of New Mexico. Sarah was part of the 2001 Albuquerque Poetry Slam Team, and both competed in the 2002 National Poetry Slam--Matt as part of Des Moines' team, Sarah as an individual, and Sarah's poem "Paralyzed Night" was one of 50 chosen from the hundreds of poems read there for inclusion in Freedom To Speak, the anthology representing the event. They both made the 2003 Omaha Poetry Slam Team which earned the semi-finals at Nationals. Not only did McKinstry-Brown make numerous Top 10 lists of highlights from that Nationals, both poets were among the 50 with a poem chosen for the event's anthology, From Page to Stage and Back Again. Both again made the 2005 Omaha Slam Team and Matt was on the 2010 team. The two read at events like the Nebraska Book Festival, the Nebraska State Fair, the Western Literature Association's Annual Conference, the Plains Writers Series, and more.

The two have won poetry slams all around the country, including at the Uptown Slam in Chicago, where poetry slams began; and both have toured the US from coast to coast, even a few international stops, featuring at colleges, literature festivals, and other poetry events. Sarah has even had her poetry featured on Albuquerque's mass transit as part of Magnifico's Tumblewords Project and both have poems featured on bus benches in Omaha as part of the Bench Marks Project. Matt also appears on the cover and both appear in the cover story of Omaha Magazine's March/April, 2005 issue.


Publications

Mason and McKinstry-Brown have a total of 1 book, 9 chapbooks and 3 CD's available, including Mason's Things We Don't Know We Don't Know, winner of the 2007 Nebraska Book Award for Poetry, A Blessing And A Curse which made the Omaha World-Herald's "Recommended Reading" list for 2000, and Slamma Lamma Ding Dong, co-edited by Mason and winner of the 2006 Nebraska Book Award for Anthology.

Recently, poems of theirs have been accepted by Prairie Schooner, Green Mountains Review, The Laurel Review, Poet Lore, Mid-American Review, Rhino, Chiron Review as well as numerous anthologies.



Photos on this site appear courtesy of Jeff Beierman, George Kalil, Kailyn Reid, Shane, Andrew Neely, Heather Knowles-Cottington, and Bruce Koborg