ABOUT THE FEATURE:
Matt Gano is author of Suits for the Swarm, a poetry collection from MoonPath Press (2013), and has been writing and teaching professionally since 2004. Matt is currently a writer-in-residence for Writers in the Schools (The Center School), project manager and teaching artist for Urban Artworks, and a teaching artist for the Skagit Valley Poetry Project. Matt’s dynamic work has led to recent invitations as a panelist and instructor for the Skagit Valley Poetry Festival (2012, 2014) and as a faculty member for the LiTFUSE writer’s conference (2014). He has guest lectured at The Juilliard School in New York City and worked international residencies teaching creative writing at the Hong Kong School of Creativity, and in Seoul Korea for the Youth Creativity Summit. Matt is the founder of Youth Speaks Seattle’s famed program, “The Writing Circle.” He has represented Seattle at the National Poetry Slam multiple years and is the 2008 Seattle Grand-Slam champion.
ABOUT THE SLAM:
It’s go time! This is our first semifinal of the season, which means 8 qualifying poets will compete for two spots at our Grand Slam in April. The Grand Slam is where we pick our team for Nationals in August. Meaning? Poets ain’t fucking around tonight. It is going to be a SLAM and you don’t want to miss it.
We will take the top 8 from this list:
Bruce V. Bracken
Doors @ 8
Open mic @ 8:30
Slam @ 9