Optic Nerve, my first collection of poetry, has just been published by Brick Books!
The overlap between what we see and how we write, process, and feel occupies Newfoundland artist and author Matthew Hollett’s playful, smart new collection of poems […] Optic Nerve looks inside things as varied as eyeballs (naturally), quarks, street art, and potatoes, and in Hollett’s hands, each act of looking becomes a meditation, not silent and solemn but riotous and vibrant, with the excitement of catching a glimpse of beauty through a keyhole.
A book about Paul-Émile Miot, one of the first photographers to visit Newfoundland.
Part art history, part road trip, and part detective story, Album Rock began when Matthew Hollett stumbled across an intriguing photograph from the 1850s. A lively and insightful work of creative nonfiction and poetry, the book explores the power of naming in shaping our perceptions of a place … It’s also a celebration of curiosity and the joy of delving into the mystery of a peculiar photograph.
A visual journal about finding things, making connections, stringing small moments together into something more. 2013.
The Garbage Poems
Anna Swanson’s The Garbage Poems is a series of poems written entirely with words found on garbage she collected at swimming holes. I created an interactive version of the project that pairs the poems with April White’s watercolours, as well as a constrained writing tool that lets readers compose their own poems.