Omaha Native Matt Mason Chosen as Nebraska State Poet

January 30, 2019 - 12:58pm

Omaha-native Matt Mason has been chosen as the new State Poet for Nebraska.


Governor Pete Ricketts has named Matt Mason as Nebraska's next state poet. (Courtesy photo)

The selection process was led by the Nebraska Arts Council, Humanities Nebraska and the Nebraska Library Commission, which looked for candidates with a history of both writing expertise and community outreach. Mason, whose poetry has garnered a Pushcart Prize and two Nebraska Book Awards, is the executive director of the Nebraska Writers Collective and has served as board president for Nebraska Center for the Book and as state coordinator for Poetry Out Loud.

Suzanne Wise, executive director for the Nebraska Arts Council, said Mason’s extensive experience working with poetry in the community was an important factor in their decision.

“He’s very comfortable in his role in being an ambassador for poetry and that’s exactly what we were looking for,” Wise said.

Mason will serve as state poet from 2019 to 2023, and his duties will include public outreach and advocacy for poetry in Nebraska.

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