Matthew Guenette was born in Syracuse, NY, and raised in Newport, NH, a town known for being the birth place of Sarah Joseph Hale, author of the nursery rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb”. He is author of two books. His most recent poetry collection is American Busboy (University of Akron Press, 2011), a book inspired by his years busing tables at a vast warehouse of a seafood restaurant where the food was mostly fried and always served on disposable dinnerware. His first book, Sudden Anthem (Dream Horse Press, 2008), won the 2007 American Poetry Journal Book Prize.
Matthew has been awarded residencies for the Hessen-Wisconsin Literary Fellowship and the Vermont Studio Center. His poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and have appeared in numerous journals, including Another Chicago Magazine, Barn Owl Review, DIAGRAM, Cream City Review, The Greensboro Review, Indiana Review, New Orleans Review, Sou’wester, The Spoon River Poetry Review, Southern Indiana Review and others.
He lives, works and loses sleep in Madison, Wisconsin.