Matt Rasmussen is the author of Black Aperture, which was selected by Jane Hirshfield as the winner of the 2013 Walt Whitman award and is a finalist for the National Book Award. His poetry has been published or is forthcoming in The Literary Review, Gulf Coast, Water~Stone Review, Paper Darts, Poets.org and elsewhere. He is the recipient of grants and residencies from the McKnight Foundation, The Bush Foundation, The Minnesota State Arts Board, Intermedia Arts, Jerome Foundation, The Anderson Center, and The Corporation of Yaddo. He is the winner of a 2014 Pushcart Prize, and is a founder and editor of the independent poetry press Birds, LLC. He lives in Robbinsdale, Minnesota.