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Lima native and scifi poet offers fun alternative for national poetry month

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Poetry focuses on pop culture and fun

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It’s true: Not everyone gets excited about poetry. Maybe throwing in sea creatures, killer robots and classic movie monsters would help? Pop culture junkie Matt Betts mixes those elements and more into his new collection, Underwater Fistfight, just in time for National Poetry Month in April.

Two of Betts’ poems have been nominated for Rhysling Awards, speculative poetry’s highest honor, which is curated by the Science Fiction Poetry Association. His work was also quoted in a New York Times article on zombie poetry.

“With a wicked sense of humor, a wicked style, and, at times, just plain wickedness, Underwater Fistfight, by Matt Betts, is a rare combination of poetic genius and laugh-out-loud brilliance. Not to be missed.”- Bram Stoker nominee Adam Salomon, All Those Broken Angels

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the observance of National Poetry Month. It was established in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets in order to honor American poets and encourage the reading and appreciation of poetry in the United States.

Lima, Ohio native Matt Betts grew up on a steady diet of giant monsters, comic books, robots and horror novels. Matt’s speculative poetry and short fiction appear in numerous anthologies and journals. He is the author of the poetry collection See No Evil, Say No Evil, the steampunk novel Odd Men Out and the urban fantasy Indelible Ink. Matt is a 1989 graduate of Bath High School. He received his bachelor’s
degree from the University of Toledo. Matt lives in Columbus, Ohio with his wife and two sons. Read more at www.mattbetts.com.

Underwater Fistfight and Betts’ other books are available on Amazon.com, BN.com and Rawdogscreaming.com.