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'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-101 (Read:World at Margin), ENG-112 (Introduction to Creative Writing), and ENG-251 (Writing Poetry)

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
ENG-112Introduction to Creative Writing152016/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-132World Literature II42010/SP, 2008/SP, 2007/SP, and 2006/SP
ENG-130Intro World Literature32016/SP, 2015/FA, and 2015/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-104Fairy Tales12015/JN
ENG-251Writing Poetry12014/FA
ENG-122American Literature II12010/SP