About

About

Performing at Trans/Giving in LA. Photo courtesy of Leaf.

“A spoken word force to be reckoned with” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution), Ami Mattison is “a powerhouse poet…sexy, funny, funky, and yet substantive” (The Tennessean).

Touring since 2002, Ami has performed at numerous art venues, festivals, conferences, colleges, and universities around the U.S. and Canada.

Velvet Park Magazine writes:

“To get an idea of the glory that occurs when a woman finds her voice, one need look no further than Ami Mattison, badass spoken word poet and warrior…Veins strained along her skin, her eyes unblinking and fierce, Ami’s going to let you have it, wake you up by shaking the very floorboards with her stomping feet. And oh yeah, because she’s from the South, she’ll do it all with the most gracious smile on her face.”

Out and About Newspaper writes:

“Defiant, poignant and straightforward Mattison’s work hits you where you live and cuts to the very core with a razor sharp edge of rage at the policies of exclusion, apathy and greed that permeate out society. Unafraid to offend delicate sensibilities or coddle the faint-of-heart, Mattison tackles the issues of poverty, homophobia, gender issues, and civil rights with an unparalleled ferocity that challenges even the most stalwart of opposition.”

Ami’s demo CD, Strange and Potent Mixture, is described by Nashville Scene as:

“not for the faint of heart or those with sensibilities too delicate to confront tough issues straight on. Of the nine poetic performances on Strange and Potent Mixture, all deal with identity, all are political, and all but a couple rage against American antipathy toward people of color, women, homosexuals and the poor…her poems are broadsides against a hostile culture of hate and greed.”

Ami shares co-writing credits and featured performances on Nashville songwriter Ross Falzone’s debut CD Radical Heart (Poet People, 2004) as well as his latest album, Life Here on Earth (Falzone, 2007). Nashville Scenedescribed Dyke Verse City–Ami’s collaboration with indie-rocker Sonia Tetlow and her longtime co-conspirator, the Atlanta-based poet Amanda Kail—as “a kind of feminist Ramones combining mock-rock anthems with scathing political and social critique.”

Ami’s chapbook, Slug, Mojo, Poetry, features some of her love stories and poems. A fan favorite, the chapbook is hand-bound and hand-printed, representing the detail and craft that goes into all of Ami’s creative work.

Holding a Master’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, Ami taught undergraduate courses for nearly 15 years. She was as an associate instructor at Emory University and Georgia State University and served as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Antioch College.

Born in New Orleans, LA and raised in Montgomery, AL, Ami lived in Atlanta, GA for nearly two decades. She currently resides in Detroit, Michigan.

Ami is available for feature performances as well as writing and performance workshops.