Artist Bio

Matt Gano is a career author and creative writing instructor with over 15 years of classroom experience as an Artist-In-Residence for Seattle Arts and Lectures, Writers in the Schools, and as a traveling Teaching Artist for the Skagit River Poetry Foundation. Matt is author of Suits for the Swarm, (MoonPath Press), co-founder of the Seattle Youth Poet Laureate Program, and former director of Fremont Abbey Arts Center’s NEXT STAGE program. His work in performance, on page, and in the classroom has led to a host of acclaimed invitations including, guest instructor at the Juilliard School in NYC, workshop leader for the Youth Creativity Summit in Seoul Korea, resident guest instructor at the Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity in Hong Kong, and repeat panelist and featured poet for the Skagit River Poetry Festival (2013-2020).


Gano is a lyricist and hiphop recording artist performing under the moniker ENTENDRES .  2020  saw his debut release entitled

"Generations," an EP  in collaboration with producer CRSCRL.  Matt represented Seattle at the National Poetry Slam multiple years, is a former Seattle Grand-Slam champion, and has performed poetry across the United States touring nationally renowned venues, including NYC's famous Nuyorican Poet's Cafe. 


Matt’s poetry has appeared in City Arts MagazineDrunk In a Midnight Choir, The Operating System Vol. 3., The Breadline anthology, Bestiary Magazine, and chapbooks: Up From the Mine, Bones For The Builder, Music Maker, Welcome Home, I Eight the Infinite and Art Barker, a poetry LP entitled “Music Maker,” and a live recording entitled “A Giant’s Pulse.”