Brooke Matson is a poet and educator. She attended Gonzaga University where she received her B.A. in English and her M.A. in Educational Leadership. The Moons, her first full-length collection of poetry, was published by Blue Begonia Press in 2012. Her poetry has also been published in Floating Bridge Review (2014), several anthologies, and various issues of RiverLit, for which she is currently the 2014 Poet in Residence.

Being passionate about human rights and a National Board Certified Teacher, Matson has designed and presented workshops to K-12 teachers in Washington and Idaho on the integration of human rights concepts into the classroom/curriculum; she has collaborated with organizations such as the Human Rights Education Institute, Mead School District, and Rick Giampietri/Whitworth University to make these workshops available.


The Moons  |  full length poetry collection; Blue Begonia Press, May 2012


Lilac City Fairy Tales  |  featured poet; Cup of Stars Press, September 2014

Floating Bridge Review No. 7  |  featured poet; Floating Bridge Press, 2014

Light Write  |  featured poet; Greater Yakima Valley Writers/Blue Begonia Press, June 2014

RiverLit |  featured poet (various issues), 2014 Poet in Residence

SEXT  |  featured poet; Dreyer Press/YWCA/Boys Who Like Butterflies, April 2011

Weathered Pages  |  featured poet; Blue Begonia Press, 2005


  • RiverLit 2014 Poet in Residence
  • 2014 GetLit! Festival featured poet and Poetry Salon participant


  • INK Art Space  |  Curriculum Director, Website Manager, and Board Member, Dec. 2013- July 2014.
  • RiverSpeak Arts Collective (2009-12)  |  Founder, Board Chair 2009-10, Director of Board 2010-11, Website Manger 2009-12. Routinely developed website content, online membership, and online marketing reach using social media. Organized arts exhibits, zines, and events, including an exhibition with the Spokane Arts Commission. Represented RiverSpeak as host of GetLit! Festival’s Come One Come All Community Reading for three years.
  • Integrating Human Rights Into the Classroom  |  Designed and taught series of K-12 teacher in-service workshops on integrating human rights into curriculum from 2012-2014. Partnered with theHuman Rights Education InstituteMead School District  and Rick Giampietri/Whitworth University to offer trainings to Washington and Idaho teachers. Learn more here.
  • Reflection, Gonzaga University’s Journal of Art and Literature  |  Editor, 2002-03 academic year.


  • National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certified teacher  |  English/Language Arts (Adolescents & Young Adults)
  • Career and Technical Education  |  Business Management, Graphic Communications, Computer Applications, Sales
  • Science, Art, Math  |  Washington State Highly Qualified Teacher


July 2001 – May 2008   Gonzaga University  |  Spokane, WA

  • M.A. Educational Administration with focus on program design. Coursework included shaping organizations, strategic vision, imagination, complex issue analysis, and developing organization-wide momentum.
  • B.A. English, Magna Cum Laude. Excellence in Secondary Education Award recipient, 2005.

Spring 2004   University of London  |  London, UK

  • Coursework included Shakespeare, London theatre, history of Great Britain, modern British culture/government.