Matt Pasca is a poet, teacher and traveler who believes in art’s ability to foster discovery, empathy and justice. His first book-length collection, A Thousand Doors (2011, JB Stillwater), was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and his second, Raven Wire (2016, Shanti Arts), was selected as a Finalist for the 2017 Eric Hoffer Book Award. Individual poems have appeared in dozens of journals and anthologies, including Taos Journal of International Poetry & Art, Naugatuck River Review, Oberon, Paterson Literary Review, English Journal, Weave, Georgetown Review and The Pedestal Magazine.

A 2003 New York State Teacher of Excellence, Matt has taught Poetry, Mythology and Literature at Bay Shore High School on Long Island for the past 20 years, where he also advises an award-winning literary-art magazine, The Writers’ Block, and runs a visiting writers program that has brought Naomi Shihab Nye, Jeanann Verlee, Kyle Dargan, Veronica Golos, Regie Cabico, Denice Frohman & Joshua Bennett to the school.

Matt has been a featured poet/performer at SOMOS in Taos, NM, Shakespeare & Co. in Missoula, MT, off-site at AWP in Minneapolis, MN, The Orchard House School in Richmond, VA, Milford Readers & Writers Festival in Milford, PA, the Parkside Lounge, Cornelia Street Cafe and Makor in NYC, and Hofstra University, CW Post, Stony Brook University, Molloy College, Nassau Community College and The Walt Whitman Birthplace on Long Island. He has also been a keynote speaker for the Long Island Language Arts Council and Nassau Reading Council.

Pasca began using the written word to defamiliarize, deconstruct, and reconstruct the world around him when he was eleven. After letting go of his dreams of becoming a professional disc jockey and playing major league baseball, Matt earned a B.A. in English at Cornell University, where he minored in Africana Studies, learned Russian, worked the projection booth at Cornell Cinema and sang in Pamoja-Ni, the campus gospel choir. He went on to earn a Master’s degree in Secondary English Education from Stony Brook University.

Matt lives just miles from the ocean with his amazing wife, author Terri Muuss (Over Exposed), with whom he curates Second Saturdays @Cyrus, a vibrant poetry series, and with whom he frequently facilitates writing workshops at local colleges and libraries, including a bi-weekly group entitled The Sunday Grind. Matt is also the Assistant Poetry Editor at <2 Bridges Review, a New York-based literary journal.

Pasca is passionate about learning, listening, advocating, sharing, giving back, creating community and practicing global citizenship with Terri and their two precocious redheaded sons, The Ellen Show presidential experts from 2012-2013, Rainer and Atticus.