The WCPA is happy to help the Thirsty Lab poetry reading go virtual for their 4th (and occasional 5th) Tuesday reading. On Tuesday, February 23, 20201, Beth Sweeney will be the feature. Beth will be joined by composer Matthew Jaskot, with whom she is collaborating on a sequence that includes eight poems she wrote for musical adaptation.
Susan Elizabeth Sweeney’s poems and translations have appeared in The Worcester Review, Friends Journal, Diner, Contour, The Journal of Irish Literature, and elsewhere, and have received awards including an American Academy of Poets Prize, the Frank O’Hara Poetry Prize (judged by Peter Johnson), and selection as a semifinalist in the New Women’s Voices Poetry Chapbook Competition (judged by Leah Maines). A former president of the Worcester County Poetry Association, Beth initiated an annual intercollegiate contest for central Massachusetts student poets, which is now in its twelfth year. Her chapbook, "Hand Me Down," was published by Finishing Line Press in 2013.
Matthew Jaskot’s music is organic and eclectic, drawing from various traditions and exploring dichotomies between simplicity and complexity, activity and stasis, and clarity and chaos. His works have been performed by the Kronos Quartet, Boston Musica Viva, Transient Canvas, the Great Noise Ensemble, the Xelana duo, the Fortunata Trio, the University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra, and the Boston Percussion Group, among others. Matt has participated as either composer or pianist in many music festivals and conferences, and his music has been published by Navona Records. He holds a DMA and MM in composition from the University of Maryland and a BA in music from the College of the Holy Cross and has studied composition with Osvaldo Golijov, Shirish Korde, Mark Wilson, and Tom DeLio, and piano with Marian Hanshaw and Gina Fredericks. Currently, he teaches music theory, composition, and twentieth-century music at Holy Cross.