Matt Rasmussen ’98

Alumni and Faculty

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'm the author of Black Aperture, which was selected by Jane Hirshfield as the winner of the 2013 Walt Whitman Award. Black Aperture was also awarded the 2014 Minnesota Book Award for Poetry and was a finalist for the National Book Award.  My poems have been published in The Literary Review, Gulf Coast, Water~Stone Review, Revolver, Paper Darts, and elsewhere. I've received grants and residencies from the McKnight Foundation, Bush Foundation, Minnesota State Arts Board, Jerome Foundation, The Anderson Center, and The Corporation of Yaddo. I received a 2014 Pushcart Prize and was awarded the 2015 Holmes National Poetry Prize by the creative writing faculty at Princeton University.  I'm a founder and editor of the independent poetry press Birds, LLC and I live in Robbinsdale, Minnesota. You can find links to poems and reviews at:


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


Literature, Poetry, Writing, and Golf

Courses Taught

ENG-102 (Literary Studies), ENG-112 (Introduction to Creative Writing), and ENG-231 (Modern Poetry)

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
ENG-112 Introduction to Creative Writing 26 2021/SP, 2020/FA, 2020/SP, 2019/FA, 2019/SP, 2018/FA, 2018/SP, 2017/FA, 2017/SP, 2016/FA, 2016/SP, 2015/SP, 2014/FA, 2013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/SP, 2010/SP, 2009/SP, 2008/FA, 2008/SP, 2007/FA, and 2006/FA
ENG-101 Read:World at Margin 10 2020/FA, 2019/FA, 2018/FA, 2018/SP, 2017/FA, 2016/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, and 2008/FA
ENG-130 Intro World Literature 6 2020/SP, 2018/SP, 2017/SP, 2016/SP, 2015/FA, and 2015/SP
ENG-132 World Literature II 4 2010/SP, 2008/SP, 2007/SP, and 2006/SP
ENG-350 Editing & Publishing 3 2021/SP, 2020/SP, and 2019/SP
ENG-104 Fairy Tales 3 2018/JN, 2017/JN, and 2015/JN
FTS-100 FTS:Poetry & Identity 2 2020/FA and 2019/FA
ENG-251 Writing Poetry 2 2016/FA and 2014/FA
ENG-105 Appreciating Literature 2 2009/SP and 2007/SP
ENG-102 Literary Studies 1 2019/SP
ENG-344 ST:Adv Poetry Writing 1 2018/FA
ENG-399 Senior Seminar 1 2017/SP
ENG-244 ST:Lit of Marginalized 1 2015/SP
ENG-122 American Literature II 1 2010/SP