Brooke Matson is a poet and book designer in Spokane, Washington, where she is the executive director of Spark Central, a non-profit dedicated to igniting creativity, innovation, and imagination. Matson is also the sole proprietor of Matson Creative, a boutique design service focusing on innovative book and brand design.


Matson's second collection of poetry, In Accelerated Silence, was selected by Mark Doty as winner of the 2019 Jake Adam York Prize and was published by Milkweed Editions in February 2020. Her first collection, The Moons, was published by Blue Begonia Press in 2012 and was also included in the 2015 Blue Begonia Press boxed set, Tell Tall Women. Her poems have appeared most recently in TAYOPotomac Review, Prairie Schooner, and Willow Springs. She is a three-time Pushcart Prize nominee and the 2016 recipient of the Artist Trust GAP Award with Centrum Residency.  Her poetry has also been selected for regional anthologies such as Lilac City Fairy Tales (Scablands Books, 2014)Railtown Almanac (Sage Hill Press, 2014), and Weathered Pages (Blue Begonia Press, 2005).


Matson’s current poems explore the intersection of physical science—particularly chemistry, physics, and astrophysics—with human experiences of loss, violence, and resilience. Using physical science as a case study for the inexplicable "why" of human suffering and its transcendence, Matson’s poems play at the edge of empirical knowledge, yet remain rooted in scientific inquiry and the laws of physics.


Copper Nickel  ·  fall 2019

The Laurel Review  ·  fall 2019

Isthmus  ·  summer 2019

Sierra Nevada Review  ·  summer 2019

Permafrost  ·  Winter 2019

Portland Review  ·  2019 (Unchartable)

TAYO  ·  Issue 8, Winter 2019

Potomac Review  ·  Fall 2018

Prairie Schooner  ·  Summer 2018

Willow Springs  ·  Issue 82, Spring 2018

Rock & Sling ·  Spring 2018

Towers & Dungeons  ·  2018 anthology

Poetry Northwest  ·  Winter & Spring 2018

Crab Creek Review  ·  2017

The Pacific Northwest Inlander  ·  Jan. 2017

Art Chowder  ·  2017

Numéro Cinque  ·  2016

CALYX  ·  2016

Floating Bridge Review  ·  2014

RiverLit  ·  2012-2014, Poet in Residence

Lilac City Fairy Tales, Volume 1  ·  2014

Weathered Pages  ·  2005 anthology

  • Selected by Mark Doty as winner of the 2019 Jake Adam York Prize

  • Three Pushcart Prize nominations for poetry (2019, two in 2018)

  • 2018 Eastern Washington University GetLit! Festival author

  • 2016 Artist Trust GAP Recipient with Centrum Residency

  • 2016 Spokane Arts Award for Collaboration

  • Featured in the STCU Here For Good Campaign for work at Spark Central

  • RiverLit 2014 Poet in Residence

  • 2014 Eastern Washington University GetLit! Festival author

  • Guest Poet, Gonzaga University 2013-14 Visiting Writer's Series

  • Gonzaga University Excellence in Secondary Education Award, 2005

Degrees & Certificates


  • National Board Certification  ·  English/Language Arts (Adolescents & Young Adults)

  • Washington Professional Teaching Certificate ·  English/Language Arts

  • ACE Interface Master Trainer Certificate (Adverse Childhood Experiences)

  • M.A. Educational Administration ·  Gonzaga University, 2008

  • B.A. English ·  Gonzaga University, 2005

The Moons

 Blue Begonia Press


My first full-length collection of poetry centers on the mutability of identity through redefining a classic female symbol:  the moon and its many phases. The Moons is also included in the Blue Begonia Press limited edition boxed set, Ten Tall Women, featuring ten female Blue Begonia poets from Central Washington.


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