About Our Featured Writers

Matt Mason is the Nebraska State Poet and Executive Director of the Nebraska Writers Collective. He runs poetry programming for the U.S. State Department, working in Nepal, Romania, Botswana and Belarus. Mason is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize for his poem “Notes For My Daughter Against Chasing Storms,” and his work can be found in numerous magazines and anthologies, including Ted Kooser’s American Life in Poetry. The author of Things We Don’t Know We Don’t Know (The Backwaters Press, 2006), and The Baby That Ate Cincinnati (Stephen F. Austin University Press, 2013), Mason is based out of Omaha with his wife, the poet Sarah McKinstry-Brown, and daughters Sophia and Lucia. 

Zedeka Poindexter is an Omaha born and raised artist. She is the first and only female Omaha city slam champion. As a member of Omaha’s poetry slam team, she qualified for semi-finals at the National Poetry Slam. Only one other team achieved this honor in its 13-year history. Her work has been published by online literary magazine The New and Alight: Best Loved Poems from the 2013 Women of the World Poetry Slam. In 2005 and 2013, she was nominated for an Omaha Entertainment and Arts award in the category of slam poetry.