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First Friday Book Talk & Reading with Matt Mason
First Friday Book Talk & Reading with Matt Mason


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Date: Friday, August 4, 2023
Time: 12 pm CENTRAL TIME
Format: Online/Zoom

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Praise for Matt Mason's new book Rock Stars

Rock Stars is a book of poetry with a fierce beat, a book you can dance to! Mason’s poems invoke Blondie, the Go-Go’s, Prince, Poison, Bon Jovi, Duran Duran, Flock of Seagulls, Blue Oyster Cult, Lionel Richie, David Bowie—just to name a few. (Truly! There’s more . . .) As nostalgic as the surface noise of a needle hitting a vinyl record, these poems will transport you back to the 80’s. But lest you think Mason is stuck in the past, his stunning poems are also road maps for the young. In fact, who but Matt Mason, can write a poem “Graduation Address to the Kinder Kingdom Awesome Tots Preschool Class of 2023”? This book is delightful in every way!”

— Denise Duhamel, author of Second Story

“Matt Mason’s Rock Stars lifts joyful noise across the austerity as it vacillates between nostalgia for the 80s and the demands of the present. There’s wry humor in the poems, as they convene with canonical poets, stay true to hair bands, new wave bands, alt-rock bands, and as they elevate toward homilies. Rock Stars is rich with allusions which delight like little Easter Eggs. It’s an abundant and dazzling paean to the songs and souls that fascinate us.”

— Michael Kleber-Diggs, author of Worldly Things

Click here to pre-order Matt's latest book Rock Stars 

Matt Mason is the Nebraska State Poet and, through the US State Department, has run poetry programs in Botswana, Romania, Nepal and Belarus. Mason is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from the Academy of American Poets and the Nebraska Arts Council. His work can be found in The New York Times, on NPR’s Morning Edition, in American Life in Poetry and more. Mason’s 4th book, At the Corner of Fantasy and Main: Disneyland, Midlife and Churros, was released by The Old Mill Press in 2022.



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