Brooke Matson was born and raised on the rural side of Yakima, Washington. 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 Weathered Pages, (Blue Begonia Press, 2005), and various issues of RiverLit, for which she is currently the 2014 Poet in Residence.

Matson lives in Spokane, Washington, where she teaches at a small experiential high school. Being passionate about human rights, 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 and Mead School District to make these workshops available.


RiverLit |  2014 Poet in Residence

The Moons  |  Blue Begonia Press, May 2012

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

Weathered Pages  |  featured poet; Blue Begonia Press, 2005


Integrating Human Rights Into Your Classroom  |  Designed series of teacher in-service workshops on integrating human rights into various subject areas. Partnered with the Human Rights Education Institute and Mead School District to offer trainings to Washington and Idaho teachers.  Learn more here.


RiverSpeak:  Spokane’s Forum for Everything Artistic  | RiverSpeak founder and Board Chair 2009-10; Director of the Board 2010-2012. Designed and organized arts exhibits and events, including the Spokane Arts Commission. Routinely developed website content, online membership, and online marketing reach using social media. Collaborated with the Board on strategic fundraising and public outreach.


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


July 2001 – May 2008   Gonzaga University  |  Spokane, WA

  • M.A. Educational Leadership & Administration with focus on program design. Coursework included shaping organizations, strategic vision, imagination, complex issue analysis, and developing organization-wide momentum.
  • B.A. English with Secondary Teacher’s Certification, 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.


May – June 2002   International Teaching Volunteer  |  Makeni, Zambia

  • Program for International Education and Relief, 2002. Taught various subjects at City of Hope, an orphanage and community school for girls in Makeni, Zambia.