Matt Rasmussen ’98

Alumni and Faculty

Visiting Assistant Professor in English

I graduated from Gustavus the year of the tornado and am a former Peace Corps Volunteer (Papua New Guinea '99-'01). I've had poems published in Gulf Coast, Water~Stone Review, H_NGM_N, and at I recently received a 2014 Pushcart Prize and my first book, Black Aperture, won the 2012 Walt Whitman Award. I'm also a founding editor of Birds, LLC, a small, independent poetry press. (

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B.A. Gustavus Adolphus College, M.F.A. (Poetry) Emerson College


Literature, Poetry, Writing, and Golf

Courses Taught

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
ENG-112Introduction to Creative Writing132015/SP, 2014/FA, 2013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/SP, 2010/SP, 2009/SP, 2008/FA, 2008/SP, 2007/FA, and 2006/FA
ENG-132World Literature II42010/SP, 2008/SP, 2007/SP, and 2006/SP
ENG-101Read:World at Margin32012/FA, 2011/FA, and 2008/FA
ENG-105Appreciating Literature22009/SP and 2007/SP
ENG-244ST:Lit of Marginalized12015/SP
ENG-130Intro World Literature12015/SP
ENG-104Fairy Tales12015/JN
ENG-251Writing Poetry12014/FA
ENG-122American Literature II12010/SP